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Lace Llanora is a health and wellness writer at American Medical ID. American Medical IDs serves the healthcare community by providing quality, custom engraved medical alert jewelry. With over 20 years of industry experience, American Medical ID is able to offer stylish medical IDs that can be customized to a person’s medical needs such as PTSD.

This information is brought to you by American Medical ID as a resource for individuals and families facing PTSD. An estimated 8% of Americans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs as a result of life-threatening experience, injury, or trauma. While it is normal to feel shocked, afraid, or anxious after a dangerous situation, those diagnosed with PTSD may continue to experience the same unsettling feelings long after a traumatic incident has occurred.

How common is PTSD?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD can happen to anyone and at any age. In fact, 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. While combat and military experience is a common cause of PTSD, other traumatic events can do the same. Such as, physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, and accidents, can also trigger anyone to experience PTSD.

PTSD in Veterans

Exposure to dangerous situations and life-threatening missions are common experiences for combat veterans. The loss of a buddy, being injured, and conflict are some events that put veterans at high risk of PTSD. This study shows that as many as 500,000 U.S. troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 13 years have been diagnosed with PTSD. Veterans who experience PTSD also known as PTSS or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome may have the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with concentration
  • Irritability or aggressive behavior

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Veterans Medical ID Benefit for PTSD 

In 2009, the VA issued a directive to make medical IDs accessible to veteran patients including those who are diagnosed with PTSD. Medical ID bracelets or pendants contain pertinent medical information. For example, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury information that would be valuable to emergency responders.

The VA fully covers the costs of a custom engraved medical ID which can be ordered through a VA clinician. Veterans need to fill-up the VA information sheet to provide engraving information and the medical ID of their choice from the range available.

If you are a VA clinician or health professional, request free printed forms, a veteran medical ID display, and a medical ID sample for your clinic here.

Medical IDs for Mental Health, PTSD Awareness

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The Department of Veteran Affairs reports an increasing number of veterans receiving specialized mental health treatment from the VA. In 2015, this number reached 1.6 million. However, social stigma about mental health problems or illness remain a barrier for many veterans to seek treatment.

Not all wounds are visible and there is a growing need to raise awareness of invisible disabilities such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, and Anxiety. Wearing a medical ID is a simple but effective way to alert health professionals of these medical conditions, especially in an emergency and when the patient is unable to speak for themselves. 95% of emergency responders check for a medical ID around the neck or wrist. In rare cases, a PTSD awareness bracelet can also alert police officers and responders during an episode. Such as, the reason for panic attack or aggressive behavior.

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Medical IDs also play a significant role in receiving prompt treatment especially in situations where time is of the essence. In fact, wearing a medical ID necklace or bracelet can ensure that a patient will receive the right diagnosis and avoid unnecessary hospitalization fees.  Essentially, preventing unwanted drug interaction, especially for those taking PTSD medication. This includes SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors).

Wearing a medical ID necklace, pendant, or necklace for PTSD can also be a simple but discreet way to let other people know about your condition. Some people who are living with PTSD find that wearing a medical bracelet for PTSD allows them to start a conversation about their medical situation. In turn, empowering them to self-advocate and raise awareness.

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American Medical ID has a contract with the Federal Supply to offer quality, custom engraved medical ID to our veteran heroes. No two people are alike, so two medical ID’s shouldn’t be either. Each medical alert jewelry is custom engraved with a person’s unique medical information.

For over 20 years, American Medical ID has been the leading manufacturer of medical alert jewelry. Additionally, we are proud to help serve veterans by raising awareness on this VA initiative. While this benefit is exclusively for veterans, PTSD awareness bracelets, necklaces, or pendants can be ordered online through the American Medical ID website.

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