Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tips for handling "Post traumatic stress disorder" effectively

Tips in Handling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Handling post traumatic stress disorder differs from one patient to another because it depends on its cause and relative severity. A psychotherapist is the best person to advice you in handling this disorder, but there are general tips that can make you recover from this and lead a good quality of life. These tips are set by many mental health experts and you will know about them in this article.

Coping strategies must be used to handle post traumatic stress disorder. One of these strategies is to get therapy if you really wish to go through the process of healing from the trauma you experience. The three usual therapeutic techniques include cognitive behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy and lastly, exposure therapy. All these help you cope up with post traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder must be fought and overcome. You will only receive cure from this condition if you truly want to recover from it. Heal by resisting the desire to isolate yourself from society. Break routines that aggravate your symptoms. 

Do not self-medicate. There are sufferers of this disorder who drink alcohol and take drugs to escape from it. In the end, these vices will just ruin you all the more.  

Talk to someone you trust. It is not necessary to speak of the event that traumatized you. You just need to be with someone so that you will not isolate yourself from society. If you detach yourself, it will just harm you all the more.

Have a support group composed of people who suffer the same condition. The group will be able to help you cope up with your disorder. It will be beneficial to you if you learn from what other people have gone through and how they are able to fight the symptoms.

You should also take plenty of rest, have a good diet and be physically active to deal with post traumatic stress disorder. This will provide you strength for you to fight this condition.

You should also remain mentally active because this shall stop a sluggish mind, which characterizes this disorder. It will also stop you from thinking about traumatic events since you will be busy thinking about other matters. You should have a hobby which needs focus, practice, skill and thought.

If your therapist has additional suggestion, follow them because he or she has more coping mechanism, which can help the kind of case you are suffering from.

Be aware that the symptoms of this disorder will not appear immediately after the event that traumatized you. They may manifest after months or even years. If the event that brought trauma to you is harrowing, traumatic or violent, talk to your therapist. Even if the symptoms manifest in you or not, speaking to a therapist will help you a lot.

It is important to know more about the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. These include anger, sleep disorders or increased startle response. If you feel these symptoms for a long time or if you experience disturbances that hinder your ability to function, go to a medical expert immediately.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Bouncing Up After Getting Effected By Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“Post traumatic stress disorder” is a dangerous disorder that many people think exists only in soldiers. No doubt there is always a higher probability of soldiers getting affected by this disorder, but other than that, anyone who undergoes a sudden destructive change or a very sad or depression event can get affected by it.
Let us understand a bit more about this deadly disorder.
Post traumatic stress disorder refers to a recurring sense of extreme anxiety due to a sudden shocking event which makes the victim feel extremely sad or depressed. This is due to the fact that when someone encounters a very dangerous situation, their brain sends out alarming signals in order to understand, process the signals and then react to this panicking situation. However, in some cases, these highly intensified signals sent by the brain keep firing even after such a event ends.
A lot of people can feel the symptoms of this disorder, but those who are at a very high risk usually includes war veterans or soldiers, children because their brainpower is too limited to absorb such dramatic shocks, and even adults who get exploited physically or mentally, some extreme cases of ragging, Natural calamities, abusing, major accidents or sudden death of a close or loved one.
After a very traumatic event, it may take a lot of time to feel safe in even usual situations. It becomes normal for you to feel hesitant to go back to the location where the traumatic event had took place or even to be upset, anxious or angry whenever  you get reminded of such an event. Post traumatic stress disorder can effect in a lot of ways, though you will feel that the way you are reacting is quite normal. If your reaction or behavior starts impacting other aspects in your life or your relationships with loved ones, it is time to take some steps and seek help. People suffering from post traumatic stress disorder can often have flashbacks that can make them feel unsafe or unsecure even in extremely comfortable or safe places, or nightmares and mental flashbacks, emotional insensitivity, unjustified guilt, extreme depression and high anxiety as well as a continuous feeling of panic and tension, anger or anxiety. In small children, Post traumatic stress disorder usually causes symptoms such as bed wetting, becoming extremely clingy or getting a scary feeling when left alone or acting out in a play or even while interacting or communicating with others.
You may be feel embarrassed to accept the fact that you are having too much difficulty in coping up with the traumatic event which has took place in your life like the Superstorm Sandy, etc. However, trauma effects almost everyone and identifying or recognizing the problem is one of the few ways which can help you and your loved ones or family move on. Other measures like undertaking Talk therapy or medication can prove to be extreme helpful as well in helping such people to learn to cope up with the drastic traumatic event’s experience and move beyond the shock of the event in order to live a normal life again.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Understanding "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"

Doctors say that one of the most difficult type of anxiety disorder and problem to deal with is “post traumatic stress
disorder”, previously known as shell shock and also battle fatigue. These names indicate a lack willingness of some
soldiers to go back to the duty, trying to ‘fake’ symptoms in order to do so. In those old days it was very discomfiting
to see pictures of soldiers re-living their traumatic problems and experiences as if they were still happening to them.
Though now it is called as "post traumatic stress disorder", it is the same old weakening disorder that literally spoiled
and ruined the lives of a lot of soldiers. However, nowadays, lives can be saved from getting ruined due to this
dangerous disorder if the problem is identified and dealt with as soon as possible and if the treatment is focused on
the main cause of the disorder rather than trying to identify and cure individual symptoms. Let us have a look at some
of the main causes, reasons, symptoms, and the type of treatments of post traumatic stress disorder.
It may result from calamities like way, passing away of a loved one, a major accident or severe or permanent
disability, or to kids who witnesses killings, child abuse or those suffered from abuse like rape, a life threatening
accident, natural disaster or any other type of abuse which is against humanity. In short, it may result from a major
type of shock which has an effect on the lifestyle of an individual in a very big and negative way. This disorder leads
to problems like extremely high level of fear, anxiety, guilty feeling(blaming self for a big mistake), loss of control over
self, extreme anger, severe or high level of depression, nightmares, change in lifestyle, and many more severe
problems. If it affects a children, the effects can also be learning problems and disability, self abusing and lack of
attention.

Research shows that this disorder is characterized by two specific type of symptoms, the first is labeled arousal and the other is avoidance symptoms. The arousal symptom includes moodiness, lack of memory and concentration, aggressive reacting and being more prone towards violence. The avoidance symptom includes lack of willingness and the inability to remember about the trauma, and lack of desire to feel, talk or discuss about emotions. It is important to note that the time taken for the symptoms to show may vary greatly. In some cases you may see these symptoms in the deceased in just about  two to three months while in some others it may take years. Also, it is not necessary that every person with these symptoms develop post traumatic stress disorder; for some these symptoms may even stop after just about a month. In such consitions, the internet becomes a source for related programs which deals with such type of anxieties which relates to such symptoms, and it prevent the onset of a deeper post traumatic stress disorder, or may even help to completely avoid it.
It is necessary that the individuals experiencing this disorder be treated as soon as the disorder is identified and before this trauma still has a chance to be properly suppressed and avoided, which is hidden deep in the victim’s mind. Getting in touch with loved ones frequently is quite important too. Fortunately, nowadays many such treatments are available for getting rid of such anxiety related problems and disorders. While some methods focuses completely on removing the disorder from the root, some others, like the cognitive behavior methods and programs, focuses on effectively managing  the stress and anxiety disorders. The main treatment form usually involves Psychotherapy; while the others are group therapy, which helps in reconnecting the victim with a social circle, the drama therapy which provides the means to effectively produce things likes reenacting a event and dealing and managing the disorder related triggers, feelings and the strange emotions caused to the trauma; and faith based groups offering support and emotional, spiritual as well as physical recreation and healing; along with natural supplements and specific types of meditations which are also considered as an effective type of treatment for this dangerous post traumatic stress disorder.
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