YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN THE DARK!
If you have PTSD, it doesn’t mean you just have to live with it. In recent years, researchers from around the world have dramatically increased our understanding of what causes PTSD and how to treat it. Hundreds of thousands of Veterans have gotten treatment for PTSD—and treatment works.
“In therapy I learned how to respond differently to the thoughts that used to get stuck in my head.”
Two types of treatment have been shown to be effective for treating PTSD:
Professional counseling can help you understand your thoughts and discover ways to cope with your feelings. Medications, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are used to help you feel less worried or sad.
In just a few months, these treatments can produce positive and meaningful changes in symptoms and quality of life. They can help you understand and change how you think about your trauma—and change how you react to stressful memories.
You may need to work with your doctor or counselor and try different types of treatment before finding the one that’s best for dealing with your PTSD symptoms.
When taking any medications, make sure to seek solid, sound medical advice. When taking such moodaltering drugs, individuals have been known to have life threatening reactions- including birth defects and thoughts of suicide.
THE ANSWER, is having the right amount of support. Having a place to go in crisis. And learned behavior of how to many stress/anxiety.
Life is a gift. And sometimes we all need help.
WHAT IS PTSD?
You feel on edge. You experience recurring nightmares. Sudden noises make you jump. You’re staying at home more and more... Could you have PTSD?
If you have experienced severe trauma or a life-threatening event, you may develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress, commonly known as posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, shell shock, or combat stress.
Maybe you felt like your life or the lives of others were in danger, or that you had no control over what was happening. You may have witnessed people being injured or dying, or you may have been physically harmed yourself.
What are the signs of PTSD?
A wide variety of symptoms may be signs you are experiencing PTSD:
It’s not just the symptoms of PTSD but also how you may react to them that can disrupt your life. You may: