10 posts from June, 2014

Putting a face on PTSD

Posted June 4th, 2014 by

The National Center for PTSD has named June Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, and over the next few weeks, we’ll all be learning, connecting and sharing about it to better help everyone living with the neurological condition.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 7.7 million adults are living with PTSD in the U.S., and although it affects many military veterans, anyone can experience post-traumatic stress at any age.1 There is no known cure, but it’s usually treated through psychotherapy, medications or sometimes a combination of both.

So, who are some of the millions that are living with PTSD, and what are their stories? Here are just a few from AboutFace, a website produced by the National Center for PTSD that’s all about telling real stories of veterans living with the condition. Click on any of the images to hear what they have to say.

Mary C. “Katie” Weber
US Army (1993 – 1995)
PFC, Transportation Management Coordinator
Germany


When I knew I needed help-I was suffering in silence. I was allowing myself to become more and more depressed … so much so that my family became extremely concerned and suggested that I go to the VA.”

Bill Talbott
US Air Force (1967 – 1971)
Sgt, Morse Code Intercept Operator
Philippines, United States, Vietnam


How I knew I had PTSD– “I was constantly moving … always had bad dreams, hitting walls, putting holes in walls. I just couldn’t control myself.”

Tyler Jones
US Marine Corps (2002 – 2006)
CPL, Military Police
Iraq, United States


Why I didn’t ask for help right away– “I think there’s a stigma attached to it … for me, it’s feeling like I’m not a real marine.”

What can you do to help during PTSD Awareness Month?

And if you’ve been recently diagnosed with PTSD, you’re not alone. Join members like you today and connect with people who know what it’s like.

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1 http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml#part6


Help make migraines visible in June

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by

Migraines aren’t just simple headaches – they are intense, debilitating head pains that can last for a very long time if left untreated. That is just one reason why June is National Migraine Awareness Month. This month, everyone is working to get the word out about what it’s really like to experience a migraine.

Denatured Tension – Lisa LaMotte

 

Over 37 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with migraine,1 and these people experience a wide variety of symptoms. About a third of patients can recognize when a migraine is coming by a unique “aura” they experience beforehand, commonly flashing lights, zig-zag lines or a temporary loss of vision. Besides the throbbing, intense head pain, migraines can also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.2  Although there is no complete cure for migraines, treatments exist that try to block the onset of a migraine or manage the symptoms afterwards.

 

 

Morning Heavy – Julia Knowlton

 

The American Headache Society’s Committee for Headache Education (ACHE) has a great series of artwork on their website that shows what living with migraine is like (we have just a few here in the post). You can see the rest of the gallery by clicking here.

 

 

 

Loneliness, Pain, Tears – Denise Auger

 

Be sure to wear purple in support of migraine awareness, and don’t forget to share about your activities on Facebook and Twitter. ACHE also has a PicBadge you can post as part of Migraine Awareness Month.

Finally, if you’ve been experiencing migraines, join the more than 5,000 PatientsLikeMe members who are living with the same condition. You can check out treatment evaluations and ask about anything in the forum – the community is always up for sharing.

 

 

 

Share this post on twitter and help spread the word for National Migraine Awareness Month.

 


1 http://www.headaches.org/content/migraine-and-headache-awareness-month

2 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/migraine/migraine.htm