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Coping with PTSD
Because PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms seldom disappear completely,
coping with PTSD symptoms and the problems they cause is usually a continuing
challenge for survivors of trauma. Often, it is through receiving treatment
for PTSD that many learn to cope more effectively.
Recovery from PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an ongoing daily gradual
process. It doesn't happen through sudden insight or "cure." Healing
doesn't mean forgetting war experiences or having no emotional pain when remembering
them. Some level of continuing reactions to memories is normal and reflects
a normal body and mind. Healing may mean fewer and less intense reactions. But
it also means greater ability to manage trauma-related emotions, and greater
confidence in ability to cope.
When a trauma survivor takes direct action to cope with problems, he or she
often gains a greater sense of personal power and control. Active coping means
recognizing and accepting the impact of traumatic experiences, and then taking
concrete action to improve things.
One of the keys to controlling your PTSD is learning the positive and negative
coping actions. Positive coping actions can be just about anything you do that
gets you away from the thoughts and situations that trigger your PTSD episodes.
Negative Coping Actions may reduce distress immediately, but short-circuit more
permanent change. Actions that may be immediately effective but cause later
problems can be addictive, like smoking or drug use. The temporary benifit is
often compelling enough that we often forget about the long term and what these
things can and will eventually do to us. We have included a small list of examples
of both of these in the list below:
Positive Coping Actions (Things To Help With Your PTSD)
- Educate Yourself About PTSD
- Talking To Others For Support
- Communicate well With Your Doctor
- Learn and Practise Relaxation Techniques
- Keep as Busy As You Can To Keep Away Bad Thoughts
- Good Councelling
- Take Your Medication As Directed By Your Doctor
Negative Coping Actions
- Alchohol and or Drugs.
- Social Isolation.
- Continuous Avoidance
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