PTSD Awareness

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  I guess I got a little carried away with summer and missed June 27, PTSD Awareness Day, but wanted to include this regardless.  I know, when the lazy days of summer arrive, PTSD is perhaps the last thing we want to think about.  However, some of us are not so lucky and live with the symptoms every day regardless of weather, time of the year, or time of the day.  And when in the clutches of PTSD, every day can be cold and dark.  Luckily, there is hope and there is help.

So let’s back up just a bit.  While most everyone today has heard of PTSD, it might be helpful to quickly go over some of the symptoms.  So there are those symptoms that “intrude” like dreams, flashbacks (reliving), and strong physical or emotional reactions that come with reminders of the event.  The there are those symptoms that “avoid,” such as avoiding talking about it, remembering it, being where it happened, etc, but also not being able to remember parts or all of the event.  There are also those symptoms like being jumpy, irritable, angry, and unable to sleep or being unable to concentrate.  If you’ve never experienced this, it might be hard to imagine, but I’m sure if you could, you would understand how difficult life would be with those symptoms.

But, as I mentioned, there is help.  Not only can you engage in therapy, there are different techniques with regard to life such as exercise, nutrition, supplements, herbs, and meditation to name a few.  I know, those don’t sound like they would help, and they are not the only things someone could do.  But they do help and combining those with therapy and techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique can provide relief and help the survivor find a better life for themselves.  Having been there, I can say that none of these interventions work overnight, but for those determined to improve their life, practicing these interventions on a daily basis can definitely move you, step by step, into a better place.  Please explore this website further for more PTSD assistance.

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