After a traumatic experience, people feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. A lot of the times, the feelings don’t fade, making people feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories causing PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any event that makes you fear for your safety. Most people associate PTSD with physical abuse or post war soldiers, but most don’t know that any event, or series of events, that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and leaves you emotionally shattered can trigger PTSD.
There are many ways that a person with PTSD can help cope with their disorder. Below are just a few that our team put together.
1. Avoid stressful situations.
From waking up continuously through the night to feeling overwhelmed and anxious during the day, don’t put yourselves in a situation that can increase those feelings, like the DMV, airport, or a shopping mall. If you do have to put yourself in a stressful situation, bring someone with you that will help center and ground you. Things like a photograph or music playlist can help as well.
2. Take good care of yourself.
From deep breathing exercises to relaxing the muscles in your body, pay attention to your body. Also be aware of what you are eating and try to eat right. Something as simple as getting outside is an easy way to break, relax, and even exercise.
3. Write your thoughts and feelings down.
This has been found to be very helpful, especially in expressing and organizing your experience around a stressful event. Writing can be therapeutic and helping you release your feelings in a way that can help you.
4. Know when to ask for help.
The coping strategies listed here are just a start to finding ease in your pain. You will need to seek help in order to talk to someone about what you have been through. If you have a therapist or can start seeing a therapist, then do so and tell them the truth, be open with them about what’s going on inside your head! It will help you to talk this out with a professional who can help you down the road to coping and recovery.
5. See a therapist.
A number of mental health professionals specialize in the treatment of PTSD, like CSI. There are a number of treatment options that have been found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. A therapist can provide you with support and help you learn more effective ways to manage your PTSD symptoms and related difficulties. Contact