Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will recognize National PTSD Awareness Day with a Twitter chat 1-2 p.m. (ET) June 27. Deployment Health Clinical Center Director Capt. Carrie Kennedy and National Center of Telehealth & Technology AfterDeployment Program Director Dr. David Bradshaw will discuss what PTSD is and isn’t. Kennedy and Bradshaw are psychologists and military mental health experts.
What’s the difference between normal stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
It’s common for service members to experience stress because of the emotionally and physically challenging environments they work and live in. This is often called combat stress or operational stress. But PTSD is different. It’s a diagnosed medical condition with specific symptoms and duration. Join @DCoEPage and @T2Health to learn more about management techniques and treatment options for stress-related conditions.
Worried About Privacy?
Talking about mental health concerns in a public forum may make some people uncomfortable. We respect your privacy and though we encourage your questions, you don’t need to tweet to follow the conversation. If you have questions about PTSD or stress, the DCoE Outreach Center is available 24/7, 365 days a year by email, online chat or phone at 866-966-1020.
Can’t Join Live?
We understand that summer vacations, scheduling conflicts, different time zones, etc., may keep you from joining us live – and that’s OK. You can ask your questions now until our live chat June 27. Simply tweet them to us in advance using the hashtag #PTSDorStress. The DCoE Blog will feature a chat summary with questions and responses – including those our guests didn’t have time to address – by June 30.
We will post more details about the chat, such as how the event will flow and rules of engagement prior to the live event.