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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects nearly 7.7 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Symptoms that align with having PTSD can develop quickly after an event or years after an event. It’s important to note that a dangerous event isn’t always the cause of PTSD. Events which cause high levels of stress and fear, such as the loss of a loved one can result in this mental health disorder.  If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the below symptoms please reach out and talk with a professional.

  • One or more re-experiencing trauma symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares and obsessive thoughts
  • One or more avoidance symptoms of people, places or things that might may trigger emotion
  • Two or more hyper-arousal symptoms such as having difficulty with daily activities including sleeping, concentrating or feeling on edge consistently
  • Two or more cognitive or mood-related symptoms including loss of interest or trouble remembering key features of traumatic event

Be proactive! Screen yourself or a friend for PTSD

It’s essential that you or your loved one seek treatment by a mental health professional if experiencing any of these symptoms above in efforts of experiencing a better life. Trauma can cause severe depression, anxiety, and stress that will sometimes lead to physical harm or even death. It is important to realize you are not alone, seek help thru Peer support, community programs and professional help.  Listed below are a few organizations in Williamson County that understand and are here to help. If anyone of the services listed cannot directly help you, they will know who can. Just take the first step and ask.

Heroes Night Out
1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park

The veterans resource center offers services such as counseling, support groups and home loan specialist consultations. Its computer center has Internet and printing services available Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A weekly event, Heroes to Hire Wednesdays, offers job seekers the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission. Heroes Night Out also coordinates veteran appreciation events, activities and services.

Rock Springs Hospital
700 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown

A professional  Inpatient and Outpatient treatment services for adolescents and adults with mental illnesses and/or addiction. The Resilient Warrior program is designed for military men and women and includes daily therapies and activities. The program is accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Texas Vet. Org –

A great resource in almost any situation.  Scroll down thru the various categories to find the HELP you may be looking for.

Austin Dog Alliance
1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park

Through the Hounds for Heroes program, Austin Dog Alliance provides psychiatric service dogs for veterans experiencing post- traumatic stress disorder.

You may not be a Veteran of combat, but you have experienced trauma in your life that is causing PTSD related issues, there is help for every scenario in life.  The important thing is to reach out, talk with someone and begin recovery. Remember, life is meant to be enjoyed and one step at a time we can all be a wonderful part of our community.