Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, July 4th) Sherrodsville, Ohio – As July 4th festivities take place throughout the Tuscarawas Valley, those setting off fireworks are asked to be considerate of a disorder.

According to Addiction Campuses, statistics show 7.7 million Americans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Bluffs Treatment Specialist Krista Sweet points out that PTSD can affect anyone who has had or witnessed a terrifying and traumatic experience.

“And experiencing the symptoms which include nightmares, extreme anxiety, they often experience flashbacks of the event, and a lot of times, these events are triggered.”

She notes that people need to think about combat veterans and be courteous if you set off fireworks since the loud noise can be a trigger.

“Fireworks certainly do bring about a lot of symptoms for them. People need to be aware of that and be sensitive. If you know you have a neighbor who’s a combat veteran just think about that before setting off fireworks in your backyard.”

Anyone seeking help for PTSD can contact the 24-hour hotline for The Bluffs at 1-888-614-2251 or visit them online at www.bluffsrehab.com.

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