BANGOR – There are more than 127,000 veterans living in Maine and over 19,000 of them may have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A debilitating condition that can happen after a person experiences a life threatening event including an accident or intense combat.
This is National PTSD Awareness Month and the folks at Maine’s VA Hospitals and clinics want veterans to know they don’t have to endure the battle alone.
There are many services available that can help them heal and return to a more normal life.
Tom Demers, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, said “No matter what your deployment was, when you come home you’re a changed person. You have to be able to recognize that and talk about it. You don’t have to talk about it all the time. There are plenty of professionals willing to listen and plenty of veterans going through the same thing.”
People who suffer from PTSD can have feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness and pain which can lead to problems in relationships and at work. Many are taught to be strong and are less willing to seek help. But they don’t have to go it alone and are encouraged to contact the bureau of veteran services for help.
There are many types of therapies available and Demers said they also offer some fun activities including social outings and even guitar lessons.