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Considering PTSD Treatment
- Reaching out for help which includes researching PTSD and contacting a PTSD therapist
- Talking to and leaning on others which includes opening up and receiving emotional support from people you trust
- Discover tools for finding healthy ways of dealing with negative emotions
- Learning relaxation exercises such as deep breathing to reduce anxiety
- Use healthy distractions such as reading, music, talking to a friend, taking walks, or soak in the bath
- Stay in touch with the present moment with mindfulness so that you give yourself a break from the thoughts that may be driving the anxiety and fear
- Exercise and paying attention to a healthy lifestyle which includes enough sleep
- Connect with your spiritual life however you define it and can be as simple as being in nature
Many people who have PTSD experience self-destructive or reckless behaviors such as harming oneself physically, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy eating habits. These often attempt to cope with and gain relief from the distressful memories and symptoms. They may provide some temporary relief but have long-term consequences that will not alleviate PTSD.
Trauma and grief counseling can help you:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Learn skills to manage emotions and relax
- Process and let go of painful memories in a safe environment
- Challenge and change negative and self-limiting beliefs that cause distress
- Diminish the distress & influence of the past on the present
- Begin a path of healing and wholeness
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Effects and Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD often negatively impacts mood and cognition. Key parts of the trauma may not be recalled. Cognitive distortions may lead to negative beliefs about oneself and the world such as “I’m bad”, “I’m not safe”, “The world is unsafe”, or “It’s all my fault”. Other symptoms include difficulty connecting to others and generally being unable to experience positive emotions. Depression, fear, anger, panic, guilt, and shame are also common.
Many people who have PTSD experience self-destructive or reckless behaviors such as harming oneself physically, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy eating habits. These are often attempts to cope with and gain relief from the distressful memories and symptoms. They may provide some temporary relief but have long-term consequences that will not alleviate PTSD. Not everyone develops PTSD after a negative or traumatic event but may still experience some of the symptoms associated with it. Life events like divorce, grieving, bullying, and a difficult breakup affect us and can lead to some of the symptoms discussed. For more information visit the NIMH site.
Seeking PTSD Treatment
PTSD treatment varies depending on the individual and the nature of his or her trauma experience. Some examples of PTSD treatments include:
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- CBT and Cognitive Processing
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
While reaching out for support, It is important to choose a therapist with experience in PTSD treatment and trauma related issues as well as one with whom you connect. The therapeutic relationship will provide a supportive and empathetic space where you can safely process the event and address the symptoms. Jody Morgan, LCSW, is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is an EMDR Certified Therapist. Call today (561) 717-2900.