Are you familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder commonly referred to as PTSD?
As of 2007, "An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience [have experienced] PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adult aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year." (1.) (The Nebraska Department of Veteran Affairs). These statistics obviously have changed as it is now 2016. Recognise these numbers are only the cases that have been reported. This situation is so much worse than you can ever imagine. Don't take my word for it. Do your own due diligence.
Who is affected by PTSD and why should you care? Front line workers such as paramedics, firemen, policemen, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, army personnel are all affected by PTSD at some point in their careers. This list is not inclusive of every specialty by any means nor is it in order of who is affected the most. Secondly, anyone who has experienced trauma within a household such as child abuse, rape, child neglect, or living with a member who has PTSD is at risk.
Why should you care? PTSD can cause individuals who experience it to have nightmares, depression, turn to substance abuse to lessen the effects of re-living the trauma that caused the PTSD, live in fear that they may harm their love ones, or be afraid of leaving their home. Many think it is a mental disease. It is not. Do your due diligence.
What if there is a way to help people with PTSD? Would it be worthwhile looking into? How valuable is it to give them back their life free of the symptoms of PTSD? How valuable is it to have a holistic approach and help the entire family, including small children who can't speak up for themselves?
-With great power comes great responsibility-Stan Lee
Imagine if you could connect with the people who need you the most. Do your due diligence and do a search on Google for organizations willing to help these people and their families.You may be surprised at what comes up.