Archive for Post Traumatic Stress: PTSD Support

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Why is it so important?

 

By investigating this issue with a positive, solution focussed approach, the goal is to bring hope to those still suffering from the nightmares and debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Have you watched the news lately??? There are more and more people in disaster zones, undergoing horrific scenarios.  These people not only suffer the physical effects and emotional results of guilt from having survived when so many others have died, but also the ongoing psychological effects which can affect people decades after the trauma.

Just this year in Perth, Western Australia, apparently the most isolated city in the world, we have been affected in the first part of 2011 (at least indirectly) by

For some unlucky residents – they have been waiting a year for repairs from the hail storm on 22 March 20110, which was reportedly the worst/most expensive natural disaster to ever hit the city.  This summer December 2010 – to May 2011 (yes, it didn’t stop as scheduled on 31 March 2011), was the hottest, driest on record causing or fuelling many fires.

Indirectly, we have all been affected by the horror stories coming out Christchurch, New Zealand with the seemingly never-ending earthquake and aftershocks, the earthquake, tsunamis and nuclear disasters from Japan, to name a few.

 

So it is no wonder, that although 2011 seems to be the busiest for everyone on record (or where we are so distracted and have lost the ability to focus) that I have chosen to push forward with this series on ptsd.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is defined as:

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.” The Mayo Clinic Staff 

 

Or “Posttraumatic stress disorder (also known as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma.[1][2][3] This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity,[1] overwhelming the individual’s ability to cope. As an effect of psychological trauma, PTSD is less frequent and more enduring than the more commonly seen acute stress response.”  from Wikipedia

 

According to New Scientist magazine,

“Many patients suffering from severe depression “test positive” for post-traumatic stress disorder, regardless of whether or not they have actually experienced trauma, a new study reveals.”

As a survivor of ptsd, I would propose that ptsd manifests similarly as a result of acute shock or trauma as a result of a natural disaster, such as a tsunami , earthquake, or manmade horror such as a state of war or chronic stress, for example  as a result of abuse.

 

The good news is – you CAN overcome ptsd.  I have and I have met many others who have either overcome it or are well on the way to minimising the effect it has on their lives.  As with anything in life, it you want something bad enough, it is possible.

 

This series will share my own story along with the story of a variety of others who are survivors.

Your thoughts?