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    Naval Medical Center San Diego Hosts Annual PTSD Awareness Month

    SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) observed its annual post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month throughout June.

    In 2010, Congress named June 27, PTSD Awareness Day, and in 2014, the Senate designated the month of June to raise awareness of PTSD. The purpose of PTSD Awareness month is to encourage everyone to raise awareness for PTSD and effective treatments for it.

    According to the National Center for PTSD 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience trauma at least once.

    "It is estimated that many cases are unreported or go untreated," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Anthony Nazario, a psychiatric technician at NMCSD. "We need to raise awareness of this issue to help those affected understand PTSD and where to find help."

    The effects of PTSD can be shown through different emotions and actions and Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brown, NMCSD command chaplain says there are several ways PTSD can show in men and women.

    “PTSD can show itself in insomnia, depression, decreased affection, anxiety, and fearfulness,” said Brown. “Stigma is also a big one because a lot of people have a hard time admitting that they have been affected.”
    Brown also says that lack of community and loneliness happens to be a very big issue.

    “People sometimes just don’t talk about their problems and when they don’t talk about it they don’t get any better,” said Brown

    In a continued effort to observe PTSD Awareness year-round, NMCSD’s staff is committed to raising awareness not only of PTSD itself, but also the number of activities established by NMCSD’s health and wellness department. The activities include yoga, music therapy, surfing, and K-9 therapy for the purpose of easing anxiety, providing therapeutic focus and re-instilling socialization, and giving patients an excellent sources of physical fitness.

    "I believe it does take a different kind of courage to ask for help and find solutions to PTSD problems," said Nazario. "Learning the facts and getting assistance from others concerning PTSD is the only way to solve PTSD problems. Knowing when, where, and how to get help is the key."

    NMCSD’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training, and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians, and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere.

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    Date Taken: 06.10.2020
    Date Posted: 06.24.2020 16:22
    Story ID: 372751
    Location: CA, US

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