PTSD doesn't have to control your life!
Are you struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
In today's society it is hard to be someone who has never heard of PTSD. But just because you've heard of it, doesn't mean you know if you have it. So let's break this down.
Let's say you've been told or suspect you have PTSD. What does that mean? That means you have a group of symptoms that are affecting your life. This could mean it makes some situations uncomfortable. It could mean that your life is so out of control you just don't know if you can take it anymore. Or it can be anywhere in between.
Do you get uncomfortable in situations but don't know why? Do you feel “something off” that other's don't seem to notice that set you on edge? Perhaps the base in music, a train crossing, a sliding door opening, or something else? Can you relate when I say "you know that adrenaline surge when something happens that makes you lose the ability to think clearly?" Do you dread the nightmares? Do you get anxious at parties, shopping, or at your child's school? These can all be symptoms of PTSD. Did you know it is cumulative? For example, if you deployed twice and were fine, the third time could be what starts it. Likewise, you might have gone through the exact same situation as your friend but they are symptom free while you have them. That is common. You and your friend don't have the same history so you will each react differently.
Symptoms of PTSD
Now there are assessments and criteria available but of course it is best to have a professional diagnosing you; not an online test. That being said, if you would like to have an idea of what some of the symptoms might be like, check out this blog article.
Maybe I do have PTSD
If you do have PTSD, in this office we take a bit of a different approach that respects where you’ve been and helps to move forward to where you’d like to be. For instance:
Those very "symptoms" we talk about, when you think about it, may have saved your life at one time.
If you were deployed for example, being on high-alert kept you and your team safe.
An "over-exaggerated" startle reflex enabled you to react quickly.
Those very qualities that were important for you have now become "symptoms." We respect that.
We look at what is working in your life, and build from there. We assess what you would like your life to look like and we work toward that. Please notice, I say "we" as opposed to "I." This is a joint venture. You are the one who is going to change your life. I serve only as your guide. You will be active in the process and it might not be easy. But let's face it, your life isn't a walk in the park now. Let's work to make things better and create a new life you can be glad for!
Call us at 406-272-4545 or click here for a free 15 minute consultation to begin your new journey to your new life of health!
We know there are many kinds of trauma. If you are looking for information regarding different types of trauma, check out Amy’s article here.