PTSD My Talk Place New York

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a violent assault, a natural disaster, a war, or a terrorist attack. PTSD can cause severe and persistent symptoms that interfere with daily functioning and quality of life, such as flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance, emotional numbness, hypervigilance, and negative beliefs about oneself or the world.

Healing from PTSD is possible, but it requires time, patience, and professional help. There are different types of therapies that can help people with PTSD cope with their trauma and reduce their distress. Some of the most effective ones are:

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”

Judith Lewis Herman

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This is a form of psychotherapy that helps people identify and challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs about the trauma and themselves. CBT also teaches coping skills to manage anxiety, anger, guilt, and other emotions.

Exposure therapy: This is a type of CBT that involves gradually confronting the traumatic memories or situations that trigger the PTSD symptoms. The goal is to reduce the fear and avoidance associated with the trauma and to help the person process and integrate the traumatic experience.

Seeking social support 

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): This is a therapy that combines exposure with eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or sounds. The purpose is to help the person access and reprocess the traumatic memories in a less distressing way.

Medication: Some people with PTSD may benefit from taking antidepressants or other medications that can help reduce the severity of their symptoms and improve their mood. Medication should be prescribed and monitored by a qualified mental health professional.

Coping with PTSD

In addition to therapy and medication, there are other ways to support the healing process from PTSD, such as:

Seeking social support: Having a network of supportive friends, family members, or peers who have gone through similar experiences can provide emotional comfort and practical assistance. Joining a support group or an online community can also be helpful.

Practicing self-care: Taking care of one’s physical and mental health can enhance resilience and well-being. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol and drugs, and engaging in relaxing or enjoyable activities.

Finding meaning and purpose: Some people with PTSD may find it helpful to explore their values, goals, and passions in life. They may also benefit from volunteering, helping others, or contributing to a cause that matters to them.

Healing from PTSD is not easy, but it is achievable. With the right treatment and support, people with PTSD can overcome their trauma and regain control over their lives.

Seek social support
Learn to affirm yourself
Understand the causes