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PTSD — It’s Not Just About Veterans

Last updated on June 13, 2023

Popular culture has given us many depictions of individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. We normally see these individuals as veterans struggling with the aftereffects of combat. Although this tragically happens, veterans are not the only population who suffers from PTSD. The impact of trauma can affect anyone, even someone who hasn’t encountered a traumatic incident.

People respond to tragic events differently, sometimes learning that a relative or close friend experienced trauma can cause PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD include fear or stress, even when the individual is not in danger or threatened.

About seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime, according to the National Center for PTSD, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD.

If you would like to learn more information about PTSD, please join me for a workshop where you will learn basic tactics to help yourself and others struggling after trauma. We will also discuss why some people develop PTSD and others do not, along with factors that improve resilience.

Please consider joining us as we strive to reduce stigma regarding mental health and as we encourage the sharing of valid information regarding the symptoms and treatment of PTSD with positive outcomes.

Workshop Discussion Topics:

  • Symptoms
  • Proven treatments
  • Early intervention tactics for after a trauma
  • Tips to help yourself and others who may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD
  • Tips to help children and teens after trauma


Tuesday, June 20, noon-1 p.m.

This material was written by Dallas College licensed professional counselor Karen Cuttill, LPC-S CCTP, CCFP, NOVA. All views expressed in this piece are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dallas College.

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