June is PTSD Awareness Month | Mariposa Center

PTSD awareness month

Maybe you’re a veteran, a survivor of violence, or someone who’s lived through a natural disaster. Even months or years later, the memories of that experience still haunt you. Nightmares, flashbacks, or an unshakeable feeling of anxiety might be a daily struggle. You might wonder, “What’s wrong with me? Will I ever feel normal again?” June is PTSD Awareness Month, and we are committed to providing perspective.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), California, about 9 million adults in the U.S., or 3.6% of the adult population, experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s a common and understandable reaction to trauma. While the journey to healing can be intimidating, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and that recovery is possible.

If you’re struggling with the effects of trauma, June is PTSD Awareness Month – a time to learn more about PTSD and discover the resources available to help you heal. Mariposa Center in Orange County specializes in trauma therapy and is here to support you on your path to recovery.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It’s more than just feeling stressed or upset – it involves symptoms that can significantly impact your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.

Here are some common signs of PTSD:

  • Intrusive Thoughts: Vivid, unwanted flashbacks or nightmares of the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance: Intentionally staying away from people, places, or activities that remind you of the trauma.
  • Negative Changes in Mood and Thinking: Feeling numb, detached, anxious, depressed, or having difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
  • Irritability: Feeling constantly on edge, being easily startled, having trouble sleeping, or experiencing outbursts of anger.

PTSD is a complex condition, and it doesn’t affect everyone the same way. Some people may experience mild symptoms that fade over time, while others struggle with severe symptoms that significantly disrupt their lives. Factors like the intensity of the trauma, your personal history, and available support systems can influence how PTSD affects you.

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Finding Help and Healing for PTSD in Orange County, CA

If you suspect you have PTSD, the first step is reaching out for help. There are many treatment options available, and a mental health professional can help you find the right approach for your needs. Mariposa Center offers several types of therapy specifically designed to help people with PTSD:

  • Individual Counseling: Talk one-on-one with a therapist in a safe, confidential space to process your trauma and develop coping strategies.
  • Group Therapy: Connect with other survivors in a supportive environment. Sharing your experiences can help minimize feelings of isolation and provide valuable coping mechanisms.

“Healing from trauma is possible. It takes time, effort, and the right support. Don’t be afraid to reach out – you don’t have to go through this alone.”

– Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT, CEO, Mariposa Center

At Mariposa Center, we’re committed to helping survivors of trauma heal and find a way forward. Our therapists create a compassionate space where you can share your experiences and receive guidance.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, reach out today. Don’t let this month pass without taking a step toward healing.

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