More about ptsdSome facts about PTSD
- Changes in attitudes and behavior that are not in keeping with the person’s values, morals, or usual character.
- Uncharacteristic, anger, anxiety, agitation and moodiness that seems difficult to understand.
- Withdrawing or isolating from family, friends, social gatherings and activities that they previously enjoyed.
- Difficulty in taking care of self or other responsibilities: this may include struggling to maintain hygiene, finances or work responsibilities.
- Engaging in self-destructive behaviors, including extensive alcohol or illegal drug use.
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or suicidal thoughts such as “the world would be better off without me.”
Common negative reactions
- Intrusive reactions
- Distressing thoughts or images of the event while awake or dreaming
- Upsetting emotional or physical reactions to reminders of the experience
- Feeling like the experience is happening all over again (“flashback”)
- Talking to another person for support or spending time with others
- Positive, distracting activities ( sports, hobby)
- Using relaxation methods ( breathing, meditation, soothing music)
- Participating in a support group
- Keeping a journal
- Seeking counseling
- Exercising in moderation
Americans have PTSD at any given time.
of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD.
of the soldiers who’ve been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD.
of children who witness a parental homicide or sexual assault develop PTSD.
You don’t have to do it alone
Research has shown that support groups can be a big help on your way of dealing with PTSD
We all keep an eye on each other outside of the group. Sometimes its good to just hear a hello and ” I am here if you need me”‘ from a friend.
Learning relaxation techniques and hear how others relax and cope with their PTSD will show you how to be able to calm yourself in stressful, “triggering” situations.