Healthy ways to cope with PTSD
As we progress through life, the traumatic events we have experienced in the past may ripple through to the present with some troubling side-effects. PTSD, or Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder can be incredibly frightening and upsetting for those who experience it. If you are currently experiencing unpleasant flashbacks or symptoms, and are wondering how to cope with it in a healthy way, here are some helpful tips.
Don’t hide from loved ones
There are a number of reasons why patients may not want to tell loved ones – especially those with who they have a positive relationship. Some may be worried about the stigma of mental health issues or don’t want to burden them with their thoughts and emotions. However, it is essential that you chat with those you care about most, including your significant other or a family member. They may have some sage advice for your condition, or they may just provide a useful role as someone to confide in and talk to.
Try the Stellate Ganglion Block Injection
While there are some constants in the approach to tackling mental health issues, there are also some new treatments for PTSD that are pretty exciting. Stellate Ganglion Block, or SGB as it’s commonly known as, is one such development. While this PTSD injection treatment has been around for the best part of a century, it was initially used to treat physical pain. However, it was also found to help with the cognitive symptoms of PTSD. It has been found that it can sometimes bring the brain back to its former state and is an effective option for PTSD treatment. If you are looking to try new methods that don’t rely on continuous medication, this could be worth your while.
Mindfulness and breathing
When we get into the unhelpful cycle of a panic attack or problematic thinking patterns, we often take shorter, shallower breaths, which will inevitably make the feeling worse. Taking time to breathe deeply and practice mindfulness can help us slow down for a moment and reassess our thoughts. By breathing in and out using your diaphragm, you should feel a much more pleasant relaxation when breathing. By using mindfulness to focus on the sound of your breathing, you can slowly begin to gain control on wandering and unhelpful thoughts.
See a therapist
Friends and family are ideal for having a close network of support, but a therapist can help you to come to terms with the condition. A trained mental health professional can help you to implement effective coping strategies in everyday life. Post traumatic stress disorder is such a specific area of mental health that you are better off sharing your thought patterns with someone who can provide a coping strategy that is founded in knowledge as well as wisdom. You may also find some comfort in talking to someone who is neutral.
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