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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER - PTSD

What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a serious and common condition that affects up to 20% of American adults. Sometimes traumatic memories become so disabling that we can no longer cope or function even though we may feel like we should be able to carry on.

What You Can Do Right Now!

  • Use positive self-talk in stressful situations. When you become aware of your stress response, remind yourself that you can make different choices now than you could make when the trauma took place.
  • De-sensitize yourself to stressors. If you feel anxious, allow yourself to briefly feel the anxiety, and then leave. You can build up your tolerance and de-sensitize while still feeling in control.
  • Tell friends and family how to support you. PTSD affects the whole family. Learning how to understand and share your feelings about the trauma will help.
  • Recognize when you need help. Thinking you should be able to “handle it” can cause feelings of guilt or isolation when symptoms don’t go away. Reach out for help. Therapy works.
  • Find the right therapist. Look for a therapist with training and experience in treating PTSD as well as someone who is warm, supportive, and goal-oriented. Call a potential therapist and ask questions about their approach, availability, health insurance, etc.

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