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PTSD Index Introduction To PTSD Treatments Complex PTSD
When Does PTSD Strike? Understanding the PTSD How does PTSD develop? How Common is PTSD?
How common is PTSD? Symptoms of PTSD Coping With PTSD PTSD & Other Illnesses
Stress & PTSD Can Stress become Unmanageable? Managing Stress with PTSD Steps In Managing Stress in PTSD
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Steps In Managing Traumatic Stress

The first step in managing styess is recognizing the signs of post-traumatic stress. Trauma is so shocking that it causes memories which are impossible to forget yet sometimes also impossible to recall. Trauma memories often repeatedly come back when you aren't trying to think about them in unpleasant thoughts, nightmares, or a feeling as if you can't stop reliving the event. The shock of trauma also may create "blanks" in memory because it is too much for the mind to handle, and so the mind takes a "time out."

Traumatic stress reactions are normal responses to abnormal events. Most people experience post-traumatic stress reactions for days or even weeks after trauma. Usually these reactions become less severe over time, but they may persist and become a problem.

The second step is recognizing the ways of coping with traumatic stress that are natural but don't work, because they actually prolong and worsen the normal post-traumatic stress reactions. Some of these are avoiding social encounters, trying to avoid "bad memories" or trying to be on the defense at all times.

Trying to avoid bad memories, to shut out feelings people, or to stay always on alert seem reasonable, but they don't work, because trauma controls your life if you run from it.

The third step is getting help from any of the several special VA services for veterans (and their families) who are coping with traumatic stress reactions or "PTSD" (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Trauma memories cannot be erased, but the stress they cause can become very manageable.

Find out more about PTSD resources for veterans and families by calling directly or discussing the programs with your physician or nurse.

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