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Recovering From PTSD

Home Addiction Recovery Process Recovering From PTSD

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Why Recovering From PSTD Is Important?

Living with repressed feelings of trauma is no way to live at all. Many who experience a traumatic event in their life would like to think that time heals; in many cases, the reality is that it doesn’t. Avoidance won’t solve the feelings that an individual carries with them on a daily basis.

The weight of trauma can send someone into a deep dark depressive state. The physical and emotional state that someone will revert to after experiencing a traumatizing event can be debilitating.

Symptoms Of PSTD

Symptoms Of PSTD

The psychological stress of the event will over stimulate the nervous system, resulting in:

  • The shutdown of brain activity
  • The brain loses anywhere from 50-90%of its competence
  • The ability to feel, function or process information is severely impaired
  • Decision making in this state can be irrational

The physical capabilities of someone with PTSD are limited. Decrease in pain, equilibrium, and acne are all physical symptoms of PTSD.

Risk Factors

If you have symptoms of PTSD, there is a higher risk you’ll engage in unhealthy behavior in an effort to relieve pain. According to statistics:

  • Self-medication and administration of drugsoccur in 46.4% of people with PTSD.
  • Using food to deal with PTSD, and one study found that about one in four women diagnosed with PTSD also has eating disorders.
  • Deliberate self-harm, the behavior that appears to be most common in people with PTSD also have an avoidant personality disorder.

This behavior is not easy to stop because they create a temporary escape for a person suffering from PTSD. Thus, such people should be immediately taken to recovery centers

PSTD Recovery Pattern

There are four distinct patterns that people with recovering PTSD will experience. Individuals can experience anywhere from one pattern up to all four. Identifying the recovery pattern can help in the recovery. Psychology Today examines each effect as follows:

  • The Trickle Effect:Clarity of the event and emotions will come in bits and pieces at a time. The feelings can be experienced at a low or medium intensity.
  • Hit and Run Feelings:Feelings will intensely manifest, and many will find the emotions too overwhelming and quickly stuff them to avoid the confrontation. This averting tactic will have no resolution. Another episode, within time, is expected.
  • Emotional Rollercoaster:Emotional ups and downs are continuously in play. Although when emotions are present, they are confusing and unmanageable.
  • Tsunami:Due to repressing and stuffing feelings, a massive wave of emotions will build up and take them down hard. After the emotional breakdown, they will feel fine for a while. Slowly the stress will build back up for another tidal wave.

Moving Toward Recovery

Here are some guidelines that facilitate the recovery of a person with PTSD.

Talk About It

Facing the feelings is where they will find recovery. Talking about the event over and over again can work out the feelings that have been buried. This is the scariest hurdle in recovering from PTSD. Reiterating the gory details of the event is a hard pill to swallow, but it is the best medication.

Talking, writing, or even drawing is effective ways to express these feelings. With the aid of trained professionals such as doctors, therapists, or even counsels, safely managing these emotions can return them to a state of emotional balance.

Take Action

Regaining control through small actions can rebuild esteem. Taking actions such as:

  • Volunteering
  • Exercising
  • Donating

These are all effective methods of regaining self-esteem and self-worth. Noble acts of kindness are curing.

Feeling Is Healing

Recovery from traumatic experiences can be overwhelming. Through therapy, lifestyle changes, and staying active, sufferers can break the bondage and recover peace. The emotional turmoil of PTSD is an unbearable way to live, and no one should have to live that way, and little can be done without reaching out for help.

If you or someone you know has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, isolation can be deadly; reach out for support and help.