Today I talk about PTSD. What it is and what our treatment options are.
PTSD is something that can be diagnosed to anyone over the age of 6, and all that needs to happen is that we have to have been in a situation that made us feel like our life was in danger. That’s it! So if someone tells you that only veterans have PTSD, show them this video and tell them that they are an idiot. 😉
There are a ton of diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and I will touch on them all. However, due to the time constraints, if you want more info on them, you can search them individually.
1: You must have exposure to trauma
2: Flashbacks and other intrusive symptoms
3: Avoidance of stimuli
4: Cognitive struggles. When you struggle to remember the specifics of the event
5: It must last for at least one month, and it gets worse over time. Those with PTSD do not get better as time passes! That is very important to note! It actually gets worse for them, and the flashbacks or dissociations become more and more frequent.
Treatment options are:
CBT (trauma focused): is best and what they do is gradually expose you to triggers and then help you calm down from it. Sort of like a progressive exposure therapy, while helping you to see that these triggering things are no longer a threat to you.
Family Therapy: This is SO IMPORTANT! Things that happen to us effect those around us too! It can be so helpful to have a safe place to communicate about what we are going through and help bring us closer together.
Medication: Many people who have PTSD also find themselves struggling with anxiety and depression. Therefore, medication has been found to be very helpful for for those who are struggling. If you are interested in looking into that further, please contact your doctor.
EMDR: This stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. You follow someones finger, light or even a buzzer in each hand. This helps our brain reprocess the traumatic information and help us more quickly heal from it.
Bottom line, please reach out for help if you feel you may be suffering from PTSD. Like I said, it only get worse over time, and there are amazing treatment options out there to help us heal and live the life we want and deserve! xox
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