Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Posted 25th May, 2023
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD is a condition that can develop after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It can include situations such as child abuse, domestic violence, seeing someone die or get seriously injured, or experiencing a catastrophic event.
PTSD can happen to anyone but is prevalent in certain occupations such as the police force, army, and other emergency services.
Symptoms of PTSD
Following a highly upsetting event, you may keep reliving it in your mind through flashbacks or nightmares. You can have periods of extreme sadness or anger, be fearful, and react to certain triggers that remind you of the event such as loud bangs or someone touching you. You might also not want to be around other people – especially those who remind you of the event.
Tips for managing PTSD
Get professional help – after witnessing or experiencing severe trauma you must seek professional help. PTSD is a serious mental health condition that requires proper psychotherapy treatment and possibly medication.
Stay connected – whilst your natural reaction may be to stay away from others, it is important not to isolate yourself. Keep away of course from people who may trigger your PTSD and connect with those who you trust and can talk to. There are also support groups you can join with people who have been in similar situations. Your medical professional will be able to refer you to these.
Look after yourself – during a period of extreme stress, it is important to look after yourself. This means eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep. If you are unable to sleep at night talk to your medical professional.
Avoid substances - some people may try and cope with their PTSD by drinking or taking drugs. This of course will not help your recovery and in fact, will make it worse. If you have found yourself becoming too reliant on substances to cope, seek support from Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous.
Try to relax – to help you feel calm and reduce your stress there are a range of relaxation techniques you can try. These include meditation, yoga, and even just sitting and deep breathing. We have included a link to some relaxation music which may assist below.
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