WHAT IS PTSD? ~ http://www.WhatIsPTSD.com
PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is an anxiety disorder that can occur following a traumatic event. A psychological trauma, as opposed to a physical trauma or injury, occurs when you experience an emotionally disturbing or distressing event. Although we commonly think of trauma as a reaction to a violent event or a terrible accident, we know that individuals can also experience emotional trauma after being physically injured or diagnosed with a serious illness.
During a traumatic event, you may have felt that your life, or the life of another, was in danger and that you had no control of the outcome. Even witnessing an event, in which someone died or was seriously injured, can cause PTSD symptoms and result in a diagnosis of it. It is not unusual for you to experience uncomfortable or upsetting memories of a traumatic event, as well as potentially strong physical reactions.
You may also experience uncomfortable or distressing emotions such as anger, fear, and helplessness. If these symptoms do not go away, or if they interfere with your daily activities or your enjoyment in life, it’s time to seek help.
It is important to remember that only a qualified mental health professional can verify a diagnosis of PTSD through a series of clinical interviews and tests that inquire as to whether you have experienced specific symptom responses for at least one month. You can also read form information about this book and other services associatred with PTSD. http://www.WhatIsPTSD.com
3 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO HEALING TRAUMA
The following is an overview of the three essential steps to healing the trauma that we will address in this book, enabling you to master the skills necessary to begin and move forward in your trauma recovery.
STEP 1: FINDING COMFORT
Finding comfort and ensuring your safety is an integral part of healing the trauma and regaining, or claiming for the first time, a sense of safety within yourself. For this reason, self-care skills are paramount to recovery. We will focus a portion of the Finding Comfort section on presenting specially designed exercises to help you accomplish this goal. Building a foundation for increased confidence and self-esteem as well as building trust in your judgment begins with this step.
STEP 2: REMEMBERING YOUR TRAUMA
There is a sense of grief and loss in trauma. Life is not the same as before the event and you may feel that you have suffered a loss of innocence. Life is supposed to be fair, equitable and just — but this trauma may have shaken your core beliefs. This step is where your deeper work begins. It is only half the task, however, talking about your trauma and integrating it into your life story is central to moving ahead.
STEP 3: BEGINNING TO LIVE AGAIN!
You will be ready to redefine yourself as a person who has experienced trauma in your history, and not as a trauma survivor. There is a profound difference between the two. Your trauma no longer defines who you are. Instead, you have experienced a trauma, learned from it and grown.
Despite your best efforts and your fervent wish that it had never happened, your trauma has had an effect on you. In this step, you will be preparing yourself to reconnect with important people in your life whether they are family, friends, colleagues, or community members — and, most importantly, with yourself in a new and profound way. You will be ready to redefine yourself and to seek a healthy existence through physical, intellectual, creative and personal growth. You will be ready to live again!
“What Is PTSD? 3 Steps To Healing Trauma” is an excellent resource book which will help you or a loved one move forward with the healing from trauma. The book is available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1xCBEhH
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