Dealing With PTSD

Dealing with a PTSD Diagnosis

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, understanding the disorder and learning to use available resources to manage the condition can aid significantly in coping and recovery.

PTSD can happen to anyone.

It is very common for people exposed to extreme or prolonged trauma to have long term, often debilitating, effects,

Be patient.

Recovery takes time, even with treatment.

Anticipate PTSD triggers.

Common triggers include anniversary dates, and people or places associated with the original trauma. Certain sights, sounds or smells may cause you to relive the event, and feel as if the threat is still present. Recognizing the triggers that may cause an upsetting reaction, and preparing yourself for exposure to them, will put you in a better position to manage your own condition, to be in charge yourself.

Speak out.

Learning to talk about your experience has not only been found to be beneficial to you, telling your story will help other victims realize they are not alone, and that others are taking positive steps to minimize PTSD’s impact on their daily lives.

Additional Resources:
Click on this link presented by the American Academy of Family Physicians for a formal definition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including the risks and symptoms of PTSD. The site includes insightful videos that discuss treatment of PTSD and other anxiety disorders.
This American Psychological Association web page offers tips about managing your reactions to common sources of civilian PTSD.