Self Help & Support for PTSD

 Why Should I Seek Help for PTSD

Early treatment is better. Symptoms of PTSD may get worse while you are waiting to get help dealing with them. Dealing with them now might help stop them from getting worse in the future. Finding out more about what treatment works, and what kind of questions to ask can make it easier to get help and lead to better outcomes.

PTSD symptoms can change family life. PTSD symptoms can get in the way of your family life. You may find that you pull away from loved ones, are not able to get along with people, or that you are angry or even violent. Getting help for your PTSD can help improve your family life.

PTSD can be related to other health problems. PTSD symptoms can worsen physical health problems. For example, a few studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart trouble. By getting help for your PTSD you could also improve your physical health.  

Reach Out To Others For Support

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make you feel disconnected from others. You may be tempted to withdraw from social activities and your loved ones. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help during this tough time, but first make sure they understand the disorder and its ramifications.
Beliefs that recovery from PTSD has to be gradual and ongoing, that it doesn’t happen overnight and the memories of the trauma never disappear completely are not longer true. There should not be residual symptoms after deleting the underlying causes of the PTSD. Life will begin to flow more smoothly for you.
Also consider joining a support group for survivors of the same type of trauma you went through. Support groups for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can help you feel less isolated and alone. They also provide invaluable information on how to cope with symptoms and work towards recovery. If you can’t find a support group in your area, look for an online group.

Avoid Alcohol And Drugs

When you’re struggling with the difficult emotions and traumatic memories, you may be tempted to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. But while alcohol or drugs may temporarily make you feel better, they make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) worse in the long run. Substance use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, including emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.   

Challenge Your Sense Of Helplessness

Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable. It’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. Positive restructuring of these strengths and coping skills will be reinforced in every rescripted session and installed in the subconscious mind to be integrated as your new paradigm from which to operate your life.
One of the best ways to reclaim your sense of power is by helping others: volunteer your time, give blood, reach out to a friend in need, or donate to your favorite charity. Taking positive action directly challenges the sense of helplessness that contributes to trauma. It also takes your attention off yourself which is the first step toward removing unwanted events from your life, attention being the prime factor in attracting and creating circumstances.

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm
http://thelifemanagementcenter.com
National Center for PTSD
www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder
http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/flooding
Mental Health Disorders: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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