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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Project Help: PTSD

 Project HELP: PTSD

 

With increases in school shootings, the prevalence of natural disasters, and veterans returning from war, our society is keenly aware of the suffering produced by trauma. During the years 2014-2016, WMU will explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a diagnosable mental disorder as classified by the DSM-V.  

Key facts about PTSD include the following: 

·         PTSD is a diagnosable mental health disorder that must be diagnosed by a professional.

·         PTSD is caused by certain events such as sexual abuse, natural disasters, serious accidents, participating in war, etc. 

·         Anyone is susceptible to PTSD after a traumatic event.

·         PTSD is experienced around the world, though women are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men. Some research suggests this is due to the fact that women are more likely to experience interpersonal trauma than men.

The church is called to minister to those who are hurting.  One of the most healing resources for someone who suffers from PTSD is community, and being community is one of the core functions of the body of Christ.  The Church is uniquely gifted to support both the sufferer from PTSD and the families of those who deal with PTSD.  (Phil. 2:4; 2 Cor. 1:3-4)

Begin praying for a growing awareness and sensitivity of those struggling with issues connected to PTSD around you. Also pray for individuals in your church and city who need a community to help them deal with their personal pain and trauma. 

 

Did you know?

National PTSD Awareness Day is June 27!

PTSD Crisis Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

 

WMU Resources 

·         Project HELP Resource Kit:  Drawing Near: Understanding & Supporting Those with PTSD

·         Sometimes I Am Afraid

·          Wounded by Words: Healing the Invisible Scars of Emotional Abuse         

·         Your Pain Is Changing You: Discover the Power of a Godly Response

·     Project Help: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Overview (PDF)

·     Understanding PTSD (PDF)

 

Online Resources

·         National Center for PTSD    

·         National Institute of Mental Health       

·         National Traumatic Stress Network

·         Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance   

·         PTSD Treatment Help  

·         U.S. Department of Health & Human Services