Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental condition that affects people who have experienced near-death experiences. It can also affect people involved in incidents of extreme violence. Treatment for PTSD has advanced in the recent years yet there’s still need for more research to facilitate even more effective and fast acting medications. Although PTSD has often been associated with military personnel coming from war, it can also affect ordinary people who have been exposed to traumatic experiences.
What Are The Symptoms of PTSD?
There are a number of symptoms that may indicate if someone is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. To start with, there might be a heightened state of anxiety. The victims may also suffer insomnia, panic attacks, withdrawal from family and friends, and changes in mood. The most notable symptom though is reliving the traumatic experience through distressful recollections of the event. This can happen through flashbacks but in most cases, it happens through nightmares.
Coping Mechanisms for Patients with PTSD
Patients who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can take a few steps that can help them cope better with the condition.
Below are some of these steps:
Talking To Someone
Going through PTSD is tough but going through it alone can be very distressing. Patients must have a support system around them that include family, friends, and of course, a therapist. Without the required support, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder will get worse and this will make it even harder for the condition to be reversed.
Getting Involved With an Enjoyable Physical Activity
It’s very important for PTSD patients to regain their focus. This can help take their minds off the traumatic experience that’s causing the PTSD. Engaging in a physical activity that the victim enjoys can help to prevent the mind from having to relive that experience over and over again. It could be anything from swimming, sports, to even running.
It’s very important to also relax your body. There are a number of relaxation methods that you can learn which will help you. Some of the commonly used include muscle relaxation exercises, listening to quiet and soothing music, Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises etc. Different people have their own unique ways of relaxing and if you can find something that works for you, it will be even better.
The use of pets that are specifically trained to recognize and eventually stop the onset of PTSD symptoms has had very effective results, especially for veterans. Although studies on the effects of adopting an animal in treating PTSD show that the results are often short term, it can still play a part in relieving these symptoms.
You Must See a Therapist
Finally, patients who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder must have a therapist to walk them through the recovery process. Professional help can make a huge difference in accelerating the results of a PTSD treatment.
The coping mechanisms listed above can play a big part in relieving the effects caused by PTSD. However, it’s important to remember that PTSD is a condition like any other and if treatment is administered correctly, the victims can recover and lead normal lives once again.
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