Learn More About the Effects of PTSD
June has been designated PTSD Awareness Month and today, June 27, is PTSD Awareness Day. Anyone who has dealt with sexual abuse, either first-hand as a survivor or as the friend or relative of a survivor, knows what a tremendous impact PTSD can have. It affects not only the individual who has been traumatized, but also those who are close to him or her.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has a number of effects that can last a lifetime and be challenging to treat. For those who live with PTSD, anxiety and the other persistent side effects can be overwhelming and lead to other health problems, both physically and emotionally. Fortunately, we are constantly learning more about how PTSD affects sexual abuse survivors, and this also includes new information and research about effective ways to cope with and treat it.
Surviving Spirit, an organization dedicated to accomplishing healing through use of the creative arts, has compiled an excellent and thorough list of resources and research on this topic, and you can find a copy of that here. It’s full of useful information and encouragement.