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PTSD: What is is, and how you can get help

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Jason Drwal, a staff psychologist for the Iowa City VA Health Care System, said post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of few disorders where just having the symptoms is not enough for someone to be diagnosed.

He said in order for a person to be diagnosed and treated for PTSD, the individual first has to be exposed to a traumatic, life-threatening event.

According to Drwal, people with PTSD can experience nightmares or flashbacks of the event, they might avoid situations that remind them of the event, they might be in a bad mood and have a hard time enjoying things they used to, or they might feel jittery or be startled easily with loud noises.

He said treatments are available for people experiencing PTSD.

Outpatient help is available at local VA clinics.

Drwal also said the Veterans Crisis Hotline is available 24/7 for veterans who need immediate assistance by calling 1-800-273-8255.
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