How to Move Forward After Trauma
Feb 18, 2021
Abuse? Assault? Combat? No matter the reason, Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real
and very common mental illness. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that
does not discriminate by age, gender, or ethnicity. It is something that
has been around
for centuries, going by different names throughout the decades before
psychiatrists were finally able to put a name to the disorder.
When PTSD was first diagnosed, it was only acknowledged in combat soldiers under names such as "shell shock" or "combat fatigue", but years of study and research have concluded that even secondhand exposure to a traumatic event can trigger PTSD in an individual. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, fear, sadness, anger. No matter the reason, attempting to deal with or get over Post Traumatic Stress can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health. PTSD is a debilitating disorder, and the flashbacks, anxiety, or panic attacks that accompany this mental illness can derail your life if you let them.
that trauma has affected you is never easy, but it is human. Taking the
first step and admitting to needing help is crucial, and while talking
about the trauma
with friends and family can be beneficial, seeking help from a trained
therapist is the best option in most cases. A professional therapist has
many benefits, the main one being experience seeing, diagnosing, and
treating those with PTSD, not to mention outside
and unbiased perspective. Many individuals who have experienced PTSD
feel alone, as if the trauma is not "bad enough" to warrant him or her a
diagnosis, or as if nobody could possibly understand exactly what he or
she is going through so why talk about it?
This could not be further from the truth. According to the American
Psychiatric Association, one
in eleven people will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in their lifetime.
Therapy, both individual and group therapy, can give an individual
suffering the tools he or she needs to overcome
the trauma in their life. It offers an individual to speak to who is
solely focused on you and your health, and helps you to process the
events of your trauma in a safe and logical environment.
In history the idea of going to a therapist is often seen negatively; however, if you are in a car accident you visit a doctor to fix your wounds. Why is it any different if your mind is injured? Shouldn't you fix those wounds as well, even if they can't be seen? To take the first step towards healing contact Jodi Mitchell.