UNI holding a conference to help all forms of PTSD

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD can have great effects on a person.

”You could be suffering from anxiety, you could be suffering from nightmares, and you may not be able to sleep," explains Chris Kennedy from the University of Northern Iowa’s Veterans Association.

Members of the Veterans Association say PTSD does not only affect veterans. People who did not serve in the military also can have it.

"So we decided to open up [the PTSD conference] this year, and we're gonna cover sexual assault trauma, childhood trauma, car accidents, anything of that," Kennedy said.

The conference will discuss different ways to treat people with PTSD and where they can go get help.

"Because it's a mental health issue, no two people have the same exact symptoms, so no two people can have the same exact cure,” Kennedy said.

The Veterans Association is also looking for a panel of students suffering from PTSD to talk about their experience. They hope professors come also to learn how to deal with it in the classroom.

"If you're sitting in a classroom and someone starts having an anxiety attack from stress that they've had as a child and they're just starting to develop PTSD, you may be able to identify that and get them the help right away," Wesley Negus from the Veterans Association said.

The event will still help veterans with PTSD, organizers just want to make sure others are not forgotten.

"A lot of times, if it's not combat related PTSD, it can be overlooked which does not give it justice or serve the population very well if you're leaving certain members of the society out," Kennedy said.

The event will be March 29th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maucker Union Hall on the UNI campus. For more information, the Veterans Association can be reached at 319-273-3040.