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June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month, and we at Combined Insurance feel it's important to help shine a light on this debilitating condition.
Traumatic events of any kind—natural disasters, war, a serious accident, sudden loss of a loved one or other life-threatening events—cause a strong reaction in the body and mind as a person copes with what’s happened. And while most people recover and move on, people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle to return to “normal” for months or years following an especially stressful experience.
The most common symptoms of PTSD include:
More than 8 million Americans over the age of 18 have PTSD, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Women are twice as likely to develop the condition, possibly because of increased risk of sexual assault and a higher propensity to self-blame. Regardless of gender, the condition may develop in tandem with depression, substance abuse or anxiety disorders.
If you or someone you love has experienced trauma, it’s important to allow time to heal and recover. In the first month, symptoms are the body and mind’s normal processing of events. For those whose struggles continue, help is available.
For people with PTSD, it’s critical to find a licensed mental health provider with experience in dealing with the condition. Once established with a healthcare provider, a specific cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) based on the patient’s needs may be recommended. CBT focuses on understanding the complicated relationship between a person’s thoughts and behaviors. After identifying unhealthy patterns, a qualified therapist works with the patient to develop constructive ways of thinking that break negative patterns. CBT methods include:
Sometimes anti-depressant medication is needed to treat PTSD as well. A doctor will work with a patient to determine a customized treatment plan. This may involve trying different medications and therapies to find what works best.
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Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, IL Illinois) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company. With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, we have an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and are one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the over $1B revenue category for 2019 by VIQTORY. This is the company’s eighth consecutive year on the top 10 list and fifth consecutive year in the top 5—Combined Insurance was previously named the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the nation for 2015 and 2016. In New York, products are underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, NY).
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