Veterans compose a significant portion of the population that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but when they return from their service, it is difficult for many to receive the support they need. So much so, that as many as 22 veterans take their own lives each day, as a result of their pain and depression.
One father is working to change that, with a book he wrote about his own experience with PTSD.
Retired Army 1st Sgt. Seth Kastle wrote the children's book, "Why is Dad So Mad?," in order to explain to his children about the effects PTSD has had on him. The book explains that their father's anger, depicted in the form of a lion with a fire in his heart, is a result of an underlying problem, and is not his children's fault. Hopefully, the book will open up conversation and understanding over this difficult mental issue, faced by many who return from serving their country.
It's not just former soldiers like Kastle that suffer from PTSD. People who have suffered through traumatic events, like natural disasters, survived severe accidents (like car crashes), or were found in dangerous situations (9/11 bombing, school shootings, hostage situations, and more), might suffer from PTSD. But because it can be hard to detect, many do not receive the treatment and mental health care that they need.
Each June, a greater focus is placed on this important issue during PTSD Awareness Month and - most specifically on PTSD Awareness Day (June 27) - so let's remember to support those suffering from PTSD throughout the month and beyond. By getting involved or supporting organizations that help soldiers (such as the Wounded Warrior Project) and those that suffer from PTSD on a daily basis. By spreading awareness and showing understanding, we can help end the life-altering effects of PTSD.
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