Many individuals who endure trauma eventually develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but are not aware of the condition or treatment options. A lack of education has been blamed for the large number of people who have yet to receive a diagnosis for PTSD. Now, several individuals are taking their own initiative to further inform the public of the mental illness.
Recently, VFW commander Mike Hughes from Waverly, Pennsylvania, organized a free seminar to educate the local community on PTSD, according to the Morning Times. Tom Porpiglia, a non-combat veteran, spoke at the event to discuss the disorder. The former service member suffers from PTSD, which can result in violent mood swings and nightmares.
Porpiglia spoke to a group of veterans about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is a PTSD treatment method, similar to acupuncture. EFT taps into acupoints to remove negative energy while a patient is focusing on a traumatic memory.
The veteran told the news source that informing the public on this treatment method may help other people with PTSD cope with their symptoms over time.
Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Therapy and medication may be able to help patients manage the condition.