The term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one that we have grown accustomed to hearing over the last decade. Anyone who has been a victim of a life-threatening or otherwise traumatic experience can suffer from PTSD. From victims of war to domestic violence, verbal abuse to being raped, many forms of incident can leave a person suffering from the damaging psychological effects of PTSD. It’s a common problem, and one that can affect us in many ways that we might never have assumed
Most of the time, symptoms flare up almost immediately and will need some form of treatment. Other times, though, the incident can include some of these common symptoms in general:
Other than the above, you might find that some of the below problems can spring up in your day-to-day life and make enjoying a more comfortable quality of life possible:
These problems can leave you with a sense of utter sadness and make it hard for you to overcome the problem of depression. It can leave you with some serious problems, and is often found in people who have:
Feeling ‘better’ from PTSD is a long-term program, usually involves counselling, treatment and support. Psychotherapy is a common choice to help you talk about the issues at hand and try to face and re-live the problem head on. You have many options, most of which are centred around trying to get you to change your general understanding of these thoughts and help you to manage your response to the actions that you feel are dictated by your PTSD.
Many people find that forms of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement reprocessing, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive processing and exposure therapy that you can tap into the right methods of personal progress. Everyone is different though, and you will find that the solution for you may be entirely different to the solution for someone else.
The best thing that you can do for PTSD is appreciate that a solution does exist. If you turn to dealing with PTSD as a long-term plan, then you should look to appreciate that options do exist for genuine change and self-improvement as time goes on.
That being said, the first issue has to be accepting that you need help overcoming the problems you face. Once you do this, it becomes much easier to believe in a more optimistic outcome down the line.