Most misunderstood aspects about PTSD
It’s no secret that mental health could do with some more understanding. While many people want to help those in their immediate circle who have experienced mental health problems, people often worry they are under-informed. As well as anxiety and depression, PTSD (or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has plenty of misconceptions. If you or a loved one has experienced this condition, and you would like to know more about it, the best approach is to bust some myths first.
It’s a military condition
While many soldiers and service-people do experience PTSD as a result of what they have witnessed in combat, it is not exclusive to those who have served in the military. PTSD is caused by the experience of a traumatic event(s), which unfortunately can happen to any of us. This condition causes its sufferers to re-live moments of trauma or experience side-effects of depression and anxiety.
PTSD is not necessarily physical either in its causes or symptoms. By merely witnessing a traumatic event, it is possible to experience PTSD. Therefore, if you have dismissed symptoms because you did not physically experience trauma, it is wise to go and seek some help.
Only pills can treat it
PTSD is usually treated with a combination of treatments. In fact, there are new treatments for PTSD which don’t involve a reliance on medication. The Stellate Ganglion Block is a revolutionary PTSD injection treatment that can cure the terrible symptoms of PTSD with a single injection. The Stellate Ganglion is a group of nerves in our body that create what we would usually describe as the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. By blocking the response from these nerves, it is possible to alleviate these symptoms of PTSD from sufferers.
It’s a sign of weakness
Not only is this not true, but it’s also an incredibly harmful myth. Those who experience PTSD symptoms, as well as its cause, will have had to endure some of the most challenging experiences known. The strength it takes to cope with the signs and symptoms of PTSD, seek help, and confront triggers is a hugely strong and impressive feat.
You won’t be able to work
By asking for help, seeking therapy, and managing the condition, it is perfectly possible to return to work. For those who have PTSD to return to work and function as they did beforehand, it is crucial to remove stigmas. By gaining an understanding of the condition and having an open-minded workspace, companies can improve the experience of their employees with this condition.
All PTSD symptoms are the same for everyone
Lastly, it is essential to know that symptoms can vary from person to person. While some may experience vivid traumatic memories and upsetting nightmares, others may find themselves continually scanning public scenarios for potential danger. It’s for this reason that there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. If you think you have ‘some’ but not ‘all’ of the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, be sure to go and get yourself checked out by a mental health professional.
In order to progressively treat everyone with PTSD, it is important to bust some of the myths around the condition. Not only can these perceptions be upsetting to those who have it, but they can also prevent those experiencing it from getting the help they deserve.
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