End the Silence: PTSD Awareness Month

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects not only service members, but can wreak havoc on families, too. “When it comes to asking for help, taking the first step is often the hardest,” says Sandy Cullins, a Marine Corps spouse whose husband has PSTD and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). “But it’s the bravest of all.”

But what if your loved one isn’t ready to reach out for help?

Military spouse Annie know’s that PTSD can be quiet, and not all will be capable of getting help on their own. “PTSD can be the silent secret that you aren’t even sure is really there,” she shared. “It can be a quiet ordeal your spouse may be living with every day, but not saying anything about.”

It’s important to remember that PTSD isn’t a ‘catch-all diagnosis.’ It’s not an excuse for abuse, it can affect children, and it’s absolutely treatable.

If you or someone you know is struggling, visit the National Center for PTSD’s website for resources, treatment options, and ways to bring awareness to PTSD this and every month.



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