NAMI meeting to focus on PTSD

ALBANY, Ga. — Lori-Ann Landry, who serves as post-traumatic stress disorder project manager and mental health therapist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center, will present information on treatment options for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the monthly National Alliance on Mental Illness Night at Phoebe Northwest Tuesday.

National Institute of Mental Health statistics indicate one in 30 adults in the United States will suffer from PTSD each year. Members of the military and other emergency personnel can suffer the disorder as a result of trauma they encounter at work, while civilians may experience trauma from natural disaster, violence or abuse.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is triggered by one or more terrifying events in which a person experiences a traumatic threat of injury to themselves or others. Responses range from persistent feelings of helplessness, fear, nightmares, flashbacks and uncontrolled recurring thoughts about the event.

In addition to Landry’s presentation, November’s NAMI Night — scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. — will include presentations by a family member of a PTSD patient and from someone living with the disorder. Attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions.

Landry has 13 years of social policy and clinical research experience and served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves in a combat support hospital. Eighty percent of her current caseload involves work with individuals suffering from PTSD and combat-related PTSD.

NAMI-Albany holds events for the community on the second Tuesday of each month. All NAMI Nights are open to the public. A Sharing and Caring support group meeting will follow Tuesday’s program.

For information about NAMI or PTSD, go online to www.nami.org. For information about NAMI-Albany, search online for NAMI Albany GA Home or call (229) 343-8791.