June is PTSD Awareness Month, But What is PTSD?
When a person has been through some kind of life threatening or traumatic event, it is common to have stress-related reactions that are signs of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms or reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping are common. But when symptoms last more than three months, and they’re not getting better, it’s time to get help. If you recognize any of these symptoms of PTSD in yourself, or someone you love, don’t wait to see your health care provider. Learn more about PTSD, and watch the “What is PTSD?” video on Youtube.com.
It’s Good to Be a Quitter: World No Tobacco Day
Any time is a great time to quit smoking. It may be difficult, but it is possible. Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or use chewing tobacco, VA encourages you to quit for your health. From smoking cessation medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to taking part in tobacco cessation counseling, you have options. And VA is here to help. In this video from Youtube.com, find out why Brian, an Air Force Veteran, decided to quit smoking, and how VA can help you quit, too.
Want to make a ‘quit plan?’ Take the first step to being tobacco free, and check out VA’s Public Health site on Tobacco and Health.
Free help is available for Veterans. Call 1-855-QUIT-VET to make a quit plan, or text VET (or VETesp for Spanish) to 47848 to sign up for daily text messages offering support and encouragement while quitting. Learn More.
Did You Know: My Complete Medications List
Keeping track of all your medications is easier with My HealtheVet’s My Complete Medications List. This list allows you to view all of your self-entered medications and supplements that you buy over-the-counter or are prescribed by non-VA doctors. It also shows all of your VA prescription medications. To use the list, login in to your premium My HealtheVet account. Next, select Pharmacy from the red navigation bar, and choose VA Medications List. From there, select ”My Complete Medications List“ at the top left. This displays a list of all medications you or your VA doctors have entered into your My HealtheVet record. Log on today!
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