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Health Minute: PTSD Awareness

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing?.

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month.

About 7 to 8 % of the U.S. population will develop PTSD after witnessing or experiencing a distressing event.

People struggling with PTSD experience symptoms that can last for months or even years. Symptoms may include nightmares; flashbacks; difficulty sleeping; jitteriness and hyper-alertness; inability to trust; avoidance of people, places, and things that remind them of the event; and other life-altering challenges.

Support is available if you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD. Visit the National Center for PTSD at

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Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.