PTSD Awareness Month
The month of June is PTSD Awareness Month. ABD (Acquired Brain Disorder) Service Coordinator Sam Martin said “lots of folks have PTSD as a result of their injury coming from something traumatic.” She added that the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire has been hosting a support group twice a month for survivors virtually since COVID-19 has halted individuals from being able to attend their in-person support groups.
According to the American Psychological Association, support groups are majorly important for those who have PTSD. Support groups allow traumatic brain injury survivors to share personal experiences in a trusting atmosphere as well as give coping tips and strategies to one another.
According to the Counseling Center of New England, symptoms of PTSD can include intrusive memories, negative changes in mood and thoughts, avoidance and a lack of feeling relaxed.
While COVID-19 has caused many places to not meet in-person, virtual support groups are still happening. Search on Facebook to find a support group near you if you feel as though you need it.