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The VA diagnosed you with PTSD, now what?

It is estimated that U.S. military veterans are nearly 4x as likely to develop PTSD as someone who didn’t wear the uniform.

According to the VA’s published statistics, the number of veterans with PTSD varies by service era:

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that some veterans develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, car accident/convoy bombing, or sexual assault. Military Sexual Trauma (or MST) includes any sexual harassment or sexual assault while in the military. MST can happen to both men and women and can occur during peacetime, training, or war.

Most veterans start to feel better after a few weeks or months. But for some veterans, PTSD symptoms may start later, or they may come and go over time.

If it’s been longer than a few months and thoughts and feelings from the trauma are upsetting you or causing problems in your life, you may have PTSD.

What do PTSD symptoms look like?

Each veteran experiences symptoms of PTSD in their own way – symptoms are as unique as the individual.   There are four typical symptoms that point to a PTSD diagnosis:

Getting support

Even if you have been diagnosed outside the VA, you will still need to see a VA mental health provider to confirm your diagnosis.  The VA defines a PTSD diagnosis as symptoms related to a traumatic event that meet all of the following criteria:

The VA considers a traumatic event to be suffering a serious injury, personal or sexual trauma, or sexual violation, or being threatened with injury, sexual assault, or death.

Accessing help outside the VA

Veterans have told us how difficult and cumbersome it is to navigate the VA system, making a tough situation even more stressful.

There are options outside of the VA, many at no charge to you, that can provide the care and attention you need within days, and not weeks.  We offer clinical research studies, private practice support with physicians who are veterans themselves, as well as ketamine treatment programs.

Call our office at 770-817-9200 to learn how you can get started on living the next phase of your life to the fullest today!

Angelo Sambunaris, M.D.

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