Over 30 million people in the United States struggle with post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Jeremy Tormala is one of the 30 million people in the United States dealing with PTSDd. Tormala had the disorder since 2010 after serving overseas in the military.
While studies show one in every five military personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan has PTSD, servicemen and women aren't the only ones fighting the battle. PTSD is caused by a traumatic event in a personâ??s life, and anything from shootings to car accidents can trigger the mental illness.
â??That event itself has a trigger to it,â?? stated James Dunn, a Licensed Professional Counselor. â??Sometimes it can be a visible trigger; sometimes it can almost be subconscious.â??
Dunn said thereâ??s a difference between PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorders.
â??The real difference is: was it related to a life threatening event?â?? Dunn explained.
â??The truth is most people try to manage it on their own,â?? said Susan LaFreniere, a Clinical Psychotherapist. â??Thatâ??s the most important thing, and then they start having symptoms.â??
Reliving the event, avoiding activities you once enjoyed, and distancing yourself from loved ones are a small fragment of warning signs. Itâ??s also important to watch for self-medicating behaviors.
â??That isnâ??t just alcohol and drugs. It can be over shopping, it can be all kinds of ways that, as humans, we do other things so we donâ??t feel the discomfort that we're in,â?? LaFreniere said.
While there may never be a complete cure, if you suspect you or a loved one has PTSD, seeking help is the best step you can take to learn how to cope and move forward.