Bringing Awarness to PTSD

(WBRE/WYOU) Communities across the nation are hoping to shed light today on a disorder many are afraid to speak up about.  June 27th marks "PTSD Awareness Day" and its an opportunity to educate people on post traumatic stress disorder and effective treatments.  Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore Explains.

    About eight million Americans will develop PTSD in their lifetime, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
   
Symptoms include nightmares and intrusive thoughts.
   
The VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre says they've seen an increase in people with PTSD over the last year.
   
But many still struggle to ask for help.
On Tuesday, Eyewitness News met Anita McCormick  a Navy veteran, dealing with PTSD.
    She never served in combat but a a personal, traumatic experience several years ago left an emotional scar.
   
Now her service dog  "Ranger" makes life easier.
At the dog training facility, "K-9 Korner" in Wilkes-Barre Township, Paul Price says he's seeing *more* clients like McCormick with PTSD in need of a dog for emotional support.
He says this form of treatment is becoming more popular, because it helps with the nightmares and intrusive thoughts one might experience after a traumatic incident

   And we invite you to check out our veterans views segments on line at pahomepage were we discuss issues concerning our veterans.
 


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