PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder. I’ve been living with diagnosed PTSD for years. I would like to think that I have a good grip on it, but the truth is I never know when a trigger will appear. I have learned to live with it and to avoid possible triggers when I can, but most importantly I try to solve problems and overcome my fears. ( avoidance is a PTSD symptom)
Not all PTSD comes in the form of running for cover. There are many different triggers, just like there are many different traumas that can cause PTSD. I’ve included the symptom information below.
Here’s an example; I love walking in nature, but finding myself in the woods, or on a secluded pathway would cause panic. The thought of that happening causes physical distress, so I end up, never doing one of the things that I love to do. So problem solving 101, I bought a GSD and have arranged for training. Now I won’t be alone.
Isn’t she adorable? More than likely I’ll probably sleep better too.
That’s just one example of living, and adjusting to having PTSD.
A diagnosis of PTSD requires the patient to exhibit specific sets of symptoms that last for at least one month. These symptoms can be classified into three general categories. The patient may reexperience the traumatic event, which may take the form of flashbacks that occur while the patient is awake or nightmares when the patient is sleeping. The patient may also experience exaggerated physical or emotional reactions to events known as triggers. The second set of symptoms for PTSD is avoidance behavior of things that are related to the traumatic event. This also includes a loss of interest in related activities or feelings of detachment from other people. The third set of PTSD symptoms is an increased level of arousal, which includes sleeping difficulty, problems with concentration, irritability and an exaggerated startle response.
Sometimes PTSD can be disruptive to everyday living. For me I have to be proactive and practice self care, exercise, eating right, and getting plenty of rest. It takes thought and effort. I make sure that my home feels safe, and it is a calm place most if the time. I read a ton, and I surround myself with caring and loving people.
If you, or you know someone who suffers from PTSD please reach out to a therapist who can start you on the road to healing. You can learn to manage your symptoms with help.