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Some ways that are often suggested for PTSD patients to cope with this illness include learning more about the disorder as well as talking to friends, family, professionals, and PTSD survivors for support.

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How can people cope with PTSD?

Some ways that are often suggested for PTSD patients to cope with this illness include learning more about the disorder as well as talking to friends, family, professionals, and PTSD survivors for support. Joining a support group may be helpful. Other tips include reducing stress by using relaxation techniques (for example, breathing exercises, positive imagery), actively participating in treatment as recommended by professionals, increasing positive lifestyle practices (for example, exercise, healthy eating, distracting oneself through keeping a healthy work schedule if employed, volunteering whether employed or not) and minimizing negative lifestyle practices like substance abuse, social isolation, working to excess, and self-destructive or suicidal behaviors

What are the effects of PTSD?

Untreated PTSD can have devastating, far-reaching consequences for sufferers' functioning and relationships, their families, and for society. Women who were sexually abused at earlier ages are more likely to develop complex PTSD and borderline personality disorder

Virtually any event that is life-threatening or that severely compromises the emotional well-being of an individual may cause PTSD. Such events often include either experiencing or witnessing a severe accident or physical injury, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, being the victim of kidnapping or torture, exposure to combat or to a natural disaster, other disaster (for example, plane crash) or terrorist attack, being the victim of rape, mugging, robbery or assault; enduring physical, sexual, emotional or other forms of abuse, as well as involvement in civil conflict.

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PTSD / TBI Sunday connection

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Memories may reside inside brain cells (not synapses) causing problems for PTSD treatments

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March is Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month

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Comment by Janet Liebsch on Saturday

Thanks Bonnie .. and yes .. YOU ALL ARE STRONG and a wonderful inspiration to others.

Comment by Bonnie McKuin on Saturday

It is a good reminder for all of us! The road is rocky, the way is steep, long and sometimes very lonely. It is easy to get down on yourself living with this combo. Disappointed over set backs, memory issues, drop in IQ...the list goes on. WE ARE STRONG. We are here because we survived. And we can make it all the way! I love that Janet!


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Comment by Janet Liebsch on Friday

I don't remember where I saw this but wanted to share...


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Comment by Bree N. on January 18, 2015 at 3:36pm
Has anyone used the Virtual Hope Box App yet? I really like it so far! It seems to actually put together several activities I'd already been doing on my own. For those times when things are just overwhelming it is a good go with you calming app. I needed this one! Thanks for posting it about it so I could DL it.

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Comment by Capt. D Lewis on June 26, 2014 at 12:38pm

Thanks for the posts Chappy!

Comment by Ronald Jones on June 26, 2014 at 9:19am

PTSD Awareness Day - June 27th

Comment by Ronald Jones on February 16, 2014 at 2:25pm


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Comment by Bree N. on February 2, 2014 at 11:47pm

In talking with my PA we found a definite correlation between a bad head injury I had in October and the worsening of my anxiety, agoraphobia, and "stuckness". It seemed a simple trip on a loose thread on a rug. But I hit behind my left ear when I fell slammiing iinto tthe doorway leaviing bruising, tenderness and being stubborn wouldn't go to the ER.

No Battle's signs, vitals all good, pupils normal..but my everything got worse after slamming my head so hard.

Comment by Ronald Jones on November 24, 2013 at 6:03am

A Spouse's Story PTSD
http://aspousesstoryptsd.com/blog/

This is one of the most insightful blogs I have seen on PTSD and would highly recommend it to all. It's the kind of down to earth, everyday life of one couples challenges with PTSD, the kind of writing you just can't stop reading. CH Ron

Comment by Ronald Jones on October 15, 2013 at 8:04pm

Self-help for Posttraumatic Stress

Online self-help tools offer education and coping skills to those affected by trauma, in addition to effective treatments for PTSD. These tools can also be useful for everyday stress management.

Introducing PTSD Coach Online

Stressed? Angry? Bothered by reminders of war, an accident, assault, or disaster? Try PTSD Coach Online. Choose from 17 tools to help you manage stress and specific symptoms after trauma, such as:

  • negative thinking
  • reminders of the trauma
  • anxiety or sleep problems

Our video coaches will guide you.

Get started with PTSD Coach Online. Learn to form good sleep habits, be in the moment, or change negative thinking patterns.

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/fslist-self-help-cope.asp

This is a great addition to tools that are already offered on this site and I would highly recommend them to anyone. CH Ron

 
 
 

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