Self Help For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In this article we are going to look at self help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for short. There are a number of factors that effect the people who are suffering from this particular mental health issue which we will take a closer look at throughout this article. Thankfully when it comes to treatment options for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have come along way over the last decade due to the number of armed conflicts the United States have participated in. Guess something positive came from war this time around. Lets take this time to take a closer look at PTSD and the self help options that are available.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Breakdown
The seeds of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are planted when the person sees or experiences an event that is life altering such as a death, violence or serious injury. Over the last decade the experts have also determined that PTSD can be developed from experiencing or witnesses smaller events over a period of time such as abuse in the household either from parents or partners.
What happens is the person begins to experience intrusive thoughts or nightmares or flashbacks of the trauma(s) which greatly affect the persons’ life. For some people who deal with Post Traumatic Stess Disorder they experience what is known as a trigger which may lead to the intrusive thoughts or a flashback. Another common feature of someone being hyper vigilante which is basically on edge at all time looking for potential dangers
When it comes to PTSD it is common for the person to avoid anything that is relatable to the initial trauma(s). This may mean avoiding certain people, situation or events. A person who suffered trauma through a car accident may avoid driving or vehicles for example
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Self Help
Journaling – It is essential in order to figure out what is triggering PTSD to figure out what they are. The main event is pretty easy to determine however triggers can be anything from a loud noise to a simple object. By keeping track of where you were, what you were feeling before the flashback and what was in your immediate surroundings. The key is not to eliminate the triggers but to desensitize them so they will have less impact on your daily life
Support Groups – I am actually not a fan for support groups as a whole however in terms of PTSD they can be very helpful. By having a group of people who have experience the same type of trauma can go a long way to helping you overcome the event(s). Thankfully with the widespread of the net support groups are available at every turn and specified to certain event(s)
Breathing Techniques – The combination of breathing techniques and learning how to live in the present will go a long way in your day to day life. An easy breathing technique to quickly master is “Smell the Roses, Blow out the Candle” basically in through the noise and out through the mouth while repeating the mantra.
Avoid Alcohol And Other Substances – Alcohol and drug abuse is a huge factor in the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder community and it is pretty easy to see why. People abuse these particular substances to leave the world that they are in and dull the senses. Of course the problem that takes place is the PTSD actually worsens and now you have more problems regarding the substance abuse end.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Professional Help
There have been a number of tips in this self help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in this article but we need to talk about professional help. PTSD is a complex mental health issue that requires a treatment plan with multiple facets depending on the severity of the disorder. Like I have mentioned previously the treatments to help those dealing with PTSD has made great leaps and bound over the last decade. By finding the right mental health therapist will go a long way in bringing you the peace that you deserve
If you have any tips on dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder leave it in the comment section below.