What is PTSD
For all that it is important that u unerstand whatever u are feeling,your emotions arent wrong. something is not wrong with u, and u are not crazy either, and u arent the only one without the feeling and thoughts also. Post Dramic Stress Disorder ( PTSD) can develop the following a traumatic event that threatens ur safetly or makes u feel hopless. It is normal for u to feel Sad , afraid, lost, and even angry when u are in danger, that is a normal reaction from trauma. Most people that go through trauma has symstoms at the begining, but they will start to fade. But when u feel stuck in a constant sense of danger, have high alert, and having experincing upsetting memiories months after the event, then its probaly time to talk to ur doctor or a councilor. You could have PTSD that can be treated. No one knows why people developPTSD and other do not. PTSD is not a sign of weekness, matter of fact its a sign of u need to be healed.
Like many Veterans before u, you proubly sitting thinkin
Yea Right, I dont have PTSD. I dont even know what is PTSD is. Im Fine, Im Ok. I just dont fit into this world and it did a 360 degrees on me,I just want to go back into the military, at least everything make sence.
PTSD- Any threatening or traumatic experience will trigger a fight, flight, or freeze response, your nervous system's natural response to danger. Its definently not a mental dease or disorder any kind of sickness that everyone in the past been telling U, its a psychological change. Even in severe instances, your nervous system normally recovers in a few days or weeks. But when the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of vulnerability and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As upsetting and disabling as PTSD can be, it’s important to realize that you’re not helpless. There are plenty of things you can do to alleviate your PTSD symptoms, reduce anxiety and fear, and take back control of your life.
What is PTSD?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following a event that threatens—or appears to threaten—your safety. Most people associate PTSD with rape and battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any event (or series of events) that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.
PTSD can affect people who personally experience a threatening event, those who witness the event, or those who pick up the pieces afterwards, such as emergency workers. PTSD can also result from surgery performed on children so young they don't understand what's happening to them, or any event that leaves you emotionally shattered.
Traumatic events that can cause PTSD include:
- Natural disasters
- Car or plane crashes
- Terrorist attacks
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Childhood neglect
Re-experiencing the traumatic event. This may include upsetting memories, flashbacks, and nightmares, as well as feelings of distress or intense physical reactions when reminded of the event (sweating, pounding heart, nausea, for example).
Avoiding reminders of the trauma. You may try to avoid activities, places or thoughts that remind you of the trauma or be unable to remember important aspects of the event. You may feel detached from others and emotionally numb, or lose interest in activities and life in general, sensing only a limited future for yourself.
Increased anxiety and emotional arousal. These symptoms include trouble sleeping, irritability or outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, feeling jumpy and easily startled, and hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”).
5 other common symptoms
- Guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
- Depression or hopelessness, including suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Substance abuse
- Physical aches and pains
- Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?
- Losing previously-acquired skills (everyday task, memory)
- Sleep problems and nightmares
- Somber, compulsive play in which themes or aspects of the trauma are repeated
- New phobias and anxieties that seem unrelated to the trauma (such as a fear of ------)
- Acting out the trauma through play, stories, or drawings that could of happened
- Aches and pains
- Irritability and aggression
- Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it?
- Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings?
How PTSD affects your nervous system When your sense of safety is shattered by a traumatic event, it’s normal to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. For most people, these symptoms gradually lift over time. But this normal response to trauma becomes PTSD when the symptoms don’t ease up and your nervous system gets "stuck."
Your nervous system has two automatic or reflexive ways of responding to stressful events:
Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when social engagement isn’t appropriate and you need to defend yourself or escape the danger of a traumatic event. The heart pounds faster, blood pressure rises, and muscles tighten, increasing your strength and reaction speed. Once the danger has passed, the nervous system calms your body, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and winding back down to its normal balance.
Immobilization occurs when you’ve experienced an overwhelming amount of stress in a situation and, while the immediate danger has passed, you find yourself “stuck.” Your nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of balance and you’re unable to move on from the event. This is PTSD.
What Can I Do If I Think I Have PTSD?
If you think you have PTSD, it's important to get assessed by a professional. Only a trained provider can determine if you have PTSD. If you think you may have PTSD, talk to your doctor or a mental health provider. Treatment can work, and early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms before u join our PTSD Support Group if possible, if not we can direct u in the right direction for help by a professional first in order to get a diagnosed first.
If you think you have PTSD
- Talk to your family doctor.
- Talk to a mental health professional, such as a therapist.
- If you're a Veteran, contact your local VA hospital or Vet Center.
- Talk to a close friend or family member. He or she may be able to support you and find you help.
- Talk to a religious leader.
- Fill out a PTSD questionnaire (screen)
- If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment.
- If your symptoms do not get better after three months, and they are either causing you distress or are getting in the way of your work or home life, talk with a health professional.
Every Veteran Has a story - sometimes its the wounds that are unseen that hurt the most.
Many people who might need assistance with something like the symptoms of PTSD are afraid to go for help.
- One out of five people say they might not get help because of what other people might think.
- One out of three people say they would not want anyone else to know they were in therapy.
Why seek help?Here are some of the reasons why you should seek help.
Early treatment is better Symptoms of PTSD may get worse. Dealing with them now might help stop them from getting worse in the future. Finding out more about what treatments work, where to look for help, and what kind of questions to ask can make it easier to get help and lead to better outcomes.
PTSD symptoms can change family life PTSD symptoms can get in the way of your family life. You may find that you pull away from loved ones, are not able to get along with people, or that you are angry or even violent. Getting help for your PTSD can help improve your family life.
PTSD can be related to other health problems ,PTSD symptoms can worsen physical health problems. For example, a few studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart trouble. By getting help for your PTSD, you could also improve your physical health.
It may not be PTSD, having symptoms of PTSD does not always mean you have PTSD. Some of the symptoms of PTSD are also symptoms for other mental health problems. For example, trouble concentrating or feeling less interested in things you used to enjoy can be symptoms of both depression and PTSD. Since different problems have different treatments, it's important to have your symptoms assessed.
While it may be tempting to identify PTSD in yourself or someone you know, the diagnosis generally is made by a mental health professional. This will usually involve an evaluation by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker specifically trained to assess psychological problems.
What you can do?If you have PTSD or PTSD symptoms, you may feel helpless.
Here are ways, though, that you can help yourself:
- Learn more about PTSD from this website or from other places.
- Talk to your doctor or a chaplain or other religious leader.
- Go for a PTSD evaluation by a mental health professional specifically trained to assess psychological problems.
4 self-help tips to overcoming PTSD
- Get moving ( Start Exercising, Volenteer Work)
- Self-regulate your nervous system ( Take Time outs, Is it worth to stress about, U are safer in back in the states, Ask for Help)
- connect with others ( Forgive urself and others, Treat others the way u want to be treated, Talk it out)
- Make healthy lifestyle changes ( Stop Drinking and Ext, Hobbies, Eat better, Relax somewhere)
Helping a loved one with PTSD When a loved one has PTSD, it takes a heavy toll on your relationship and family life. You may have to take on a bigger share of household tasks, deal with the frustration of a loved one who won’t open up, or even deal with anger or disturbing behavior. The symptoms of PTSD can also result in job loss, substance abuse, and other stressful problems.
Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It is often very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their trauma. For some, it can even make things worse. Never try to force your loved one to open up. Comfort often comes from your companionship and acceptance, rather than from talking.
Let your loved one take the lead, rather than telling him or her what to do. Take cues from your loved one as to how you can best provide support and companionship—that may involve talking about the traumatic event over and over again, or it may involve simply hanging out together.
Manage your own stress. The more calm, relaxed, and focused you are, the better you’ll be able to help a loved one with PTSD.
Try to prepare for PTSD triggers. Common triggers include anniversary dates; people or places associated with the trauma; and certain sights, sounds, or smells. If you are aware of the triggers that may cause an upsetting reaction, you’ll be in a better position to help your loved one calm down.
Don’t take the symptoms of PTSD personally. If your loved one seems distant, irritable, angry, or closed off, remember that this may not have anything to do with you or your relationship.
Educate yourself about PTSD. The more you know about the symptoms, effects, and treatment, the better equipped you'll be to help your loved one, understand what he or she is going through, and keep things in perspective.
Take care of yourself. Letting your family member’s PTSD dominate your life while ignoring your own needs is a surefire recipe for burnout. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your loved one.
Professional treatment for PTSDTreatment for PTSD relieves symptoms by helping you deal with the trauma you’ve experienced. A doctor or therapist will encourage you to recall and process the emotions you felt during the original event in order to reduce the powerful hold the memory has on your life.
- Explore your thoughts and feelings about the trauma
- Work through feelings of guilt and mistrust
- Learn how to cope with intrusive memories
- Address problems PTSD has caused in your life and relationships
Types of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy involves gradually "exposing" yourself to feelings and situations that remind you of the trauma, and replacing distorted and irrational thoughts about the trauma with more balanced picture.
Family therapy can help your loved ones understand what you’re going through and help the family work through relationship problems.
Medication is sometimes prescribed to people with PTSD to relieve secondary symptoms of depression or anxiety, although they do not treat the causes of PTSD.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation, such as hand taps or sounds. These work by "unfreezing" the brain’s information processing system, which is interrupted in times of extreme stress.
Finding a therapist for PTSD treatmentWhen looking for a therapist, seek out mental health professionals who specialize in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. You can ask your doctor or other trauma survivors for a referral, call a local mental health clinic, psychiatric hospital, or counseling center, or see the Resources and References section below.
Beyond credentials and experience, it’s important to find a PTSD therapist who makes you feel comfortable and safe. Trust your gut; if a therapist doesn’t feel right, look for someone else. For therapy to work, you need to feel understood.
There is also called Group Theaphy and support groups to help out or to assist themselves and one another. Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. Studies have shown that group therapy has been as effective and, depending on the nature of the problem, sometimes even more effective than individual psychotherapy.
For more information on Support Group see the slide shows down below.