Mind Your Mental Health
June is National PTSD Awareness Month
Approximately eight million Americans at any given time suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD Awareness Month seeks to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and help those suffering with this condition obtain needed treatment.
•Traumatic events that can cause PTSD include physical or sexual assaults, war-related combat stress, serious accidents, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters and other threats on a person’s life.
•Symptoms can include nightmares, flashbacks or disturbing thoughts about the experience(s), avoidance of traumatic memories, anger, irritability, depression and being easily startled or frightened.
•Helpful treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy with a mental health professional, medications such as antidepressants, family therapy to help loved ones understand a family member’s PTSD and peer support from fellow trauma survivors.
•There are resources readily available to help diagnose and effectively treat PTSD. There should be no shame in seeking assistance.
Visit www.MagellanHealthcare.com/About/MYMH or call your program for confidential mental health resources.
Support. Advice. Help.
“The Air Force Employee Assistance Program provides non-clinical, short-term support, information and counseling for work/life balance concerns. Use of the Air Force Employee Assistance Program does not constitute a court or administrative agency ordered “Mental Health Condition” of incompetency or directed use of a “Mental Health Professional” as reportable on a Security Clearance Questionnaire (SF-86).”
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Adapting After Trauma and Stress
Dealing with Anger and Frustration
Taking Time for Yourself
Mental Health Matters Coloring Activity
Depression is real…
It’s way more than just feeling sad, and can be caused by your environment, thoughts, beliefs, biology, and/or other factors. It lasts for more than just a few days, and it impacts your ability to function normally.
Some of its other symptoms include:
Luckily, treatment for depression is also real! Effective approaches include techniques to cope, psychotherapy to yank the problem from the root, anti-depressants (FYI, they’re not addictive), or a combination of these. Tip: a combination is the best approach for moderate and severe depression.
Some people google symptoms to self-diagnose; please don’t do this. Check out these trusted apps for more accurate info, helpful strategies (practice, practice, practice), and short tests to see where you’re at.
Finally, you can chat with a professional in a judgement-free zone through Military OneSource, the Military Life Consultants at the AFRC, or your friendly neighborhood Mental Health Clinic (for Active Duty only). There’s always room for more resiliency; let’s do this!
Download The LifeArmor App
LifeArmor is a comprehensive learning and self-management tool to assist members of the military community with common mental health concerns.