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September 1, 2017

4 Tips to getting help with PTSD

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Whether you have experienced living in an abusive household, have been bullied, or you are a war veteran, experiencing PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder can severely take its toll on an individual. PTSD is the result of experiencing something that was life threatening or any type of trauma. If you have PTSD, you will experience unnerving memories of what caused your  PTSD, trouble sleeping, and you may find yourself withdrawing from family and friends. This article will provide some tips as to how get help with PTSD.

  1. Recognize that you are struggling and need help. The first step to solving a problem, is recognizing that there is a problem to be solved. There are many ways to get help depending on the severity of your PTSD and symptoms that you are exhibiting. Some help may be in the form of seeing a counselor or therapist to work through some strategies to help you cope and heal from the experience you endured. If you have a severe case of PTSD, you may want to consider a treatment center such as AddictionVA. They specialize in helping individuals get back on their feet after a traumatic experience and can offer you a program that will fit your specific needs.
  2. Online resources. If you are not keen on getting help through a counselor or treatment center, there are many resources online that can assist you. In fact, the US Department of Veteran Affairs offers an online PTSD coach that can help you learn about symptoms and manage them. The PTSD coach is also offered in an app if that is more suitable for your lifestyle.
  3. Mindfulness. Research shows that practicing mindfulness can help to reduce anxiety and improve focus and one’s overall outlook on life. Mindfulness is about appreciating and grounding oneself in the present moment. This is done by focusing on your breath, thinking about the positives in life, and appreciating every second you have to live. It is about focusing on the here and now and there are many apps that can help you begin your practice today.
  4. Support groups. If you have experienced trauma and feel better discussing your experience with others, be sure to look for a peer support group in your area. Many are held at various places of faith or in therapy centers. The web is a great place to look for a support group that will fit with your needs and interest area. For example, if you are experiencing PTSD after a bad relationship, you will want to find a group that can offer assistance with this type of experience for the best results.

There are many ways to seek help but it can be intimidating or daunting to do so. The first step is recognizing that help will be beneficial. The next step is to begin to seek the resources in your community that can help you. With patience, commitment, and diligence, you will be on your way to living a better and happier life in no time.

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