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Some Important Information About PTSD

Some Important Information About PTSD

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a severe incapacitating condition that mainly manifests itself in crippling anxiety, depression, fits of anger and irritability, sleep disorders, and psychosomatic pain. As is implied by its name, it appears in people who have suffered severe trauma — the most common group are veteran soldiers who have been in active combat. However, there are probably many more people with PTSD around you than you may think — there are no telltale signs that one has it, and its sufferers usually don’t advertise their condition. That’s why knowing more about PTSD is probably more important than you imagine, especially if someone close to you is suffering from it.

1. Not every traumatic event causes PTSD.

Having undergone a traumatic experience doesn’t equal having PTSD. Different people react to trauma differently, and different experiences cause trauma of different intensity. It’s no use telling a person with PTSD to just get over it just like somebody else did. PTSD is a much more visceral experience than just tragic memories — it hijacks one’s body chemistry which makes controlling its symptoms all the more difficult.

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2. Cannabis is a viable treatment.

Medical marijuana is just one of numerous treatment methods of PTSD. Others include anti-depressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, sleeping pills, narcotic pain medication, beta-blockers, and many others. The range of medications alone suggests that PTSD isn’t a very well understood syndrome and the medications are mostly chosen on a hit-and-miss basis. Latest studies, however, show that cannabis is quite promising when compared to the majority of conventional methods. It is hard to say to what degree it can improve PTSD symptoms, but it is more likely to do so, and less likely to worsen them. That is why those suffering from PTSD can do themselves a world of good by finding marijuana dispensaries in their localities.

3. Social support is as important as medication.

If not more. Social support plays crucial role in prevention of PTSD development after trauma and can considerably alleviate its symptoms once it is developed. It doesn’t matter how old the trauma is — it is of course always better to get help early on, but it is never too late.

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4. PTSD has a wide range of symptoms.

PTSD is not homogenous, and different persons may develop different symptoms. There are four major types of them:

  • Re-experiencing (reliving the event, flashbacks, nightmares)
  • Avoiding situations that remind of the traumatic event (sometimes people with PTSD tend to even avoid talking or thinking about things, people and situations that remind them of traumatic experience)
  • Hyperarousal (nervousness, alertness and feeling that one should be always on the lookout for danger, difficulty concentrating)
  • Changes in beliefs and feelings (people with PTSD often feel fear, shame, guilt and hopelessness, lose interest in their favorite activities).

5. Full recovery is possible.

Given proper treatment and support, many people are capable of fully recovering from PTSD. It needn’t be something that affects their entire lives. Of course, it is better to start early, but even advanced cases can be treated. And it is better to do so, especially because of this next point.

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6. Left unattended, PTSD has a tendency to spread.

Neglected cases tend to completely hijack a person’s personality and subject them to never-ending cycles of reliving the traumatic event and entering downward spiral. People with PTSD have much greater risks of substance use disorders, suicide, and numerous health problems not seemingly connected with PTSD. They have trouble adjusting to everyday life and communicating with other people — all the same desperately needing their support.

We hope this article will help you understand people with PTSD a little bit better. Remember: if you suffer from it, getting help is not the sign of weakness. And if you know somebody with PTSD, you shouldn’t be discouraged and try to help them nonetheless.

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Featured photo credit: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 via wikiwand.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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