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What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Research indicates early intervention after a traumatic event can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s why the more we know about PTSD, the more effective we can be as social workers to help people overcome and cope with this mental health condition.

Today, June 27, is PTSD Awareness Day, which was established last year by the Senate to raise public awareness about PTSD. Awareness first starts with understanding what something is, where it comes from and how it can be treated.

This “What is PTSD?” infographic outlines the symptoms, causes and treatments for the various types of traumatic events, and the online MSW program from USC hope this serves as a good starting point to spread awareness.

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