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

A Spouse's Story PTSD

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

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

Comment by Ronald Jones on October 12, 2013 at 8:44pm

CH Ron

Comment by Stephen Hawkins on February 12, 2011 at 5:17am
I believe every one individual is different. I am hoping TBI is not diagnosed as PTSD since TBIs are sometimes hard to find.

Like Sadness and Depression there is a normal response to Trauma and stress and PTSD. The Brain is like a muscle and if not conditioned to a level and type of stimulus like a out of shape muscle will not react as well.

I do not have another analogy and I am not suggesting we preexpose ourselves to trauma in the civilian world.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on February 11, 2011 at 10:23pm
Lynn .. that's interesting cuz I know someone with PTSD and he slipped on ice and knocked his head really hard on pavement a few years ago .. and seemed to slip further away / have more aggravated symptoms. But he also has other issues so assumed it was them more than the head injury, but bet it compounded things. Sadly he's not getting treatment / help. I'll be watching to see if more tips / advice on this.
Comment by Stephen Hawkins on February 11, 2011 at 9:34pm
Was discussing with a couple of Corpsmen I deployed with who are getting VA benefits for PTSD. They asked me if I was and I stated no. They retorted my marriage ended right after coming home

I stated I got PTSD from the Marriage not Iraq

Actually the Fire Service I saw the same things I saw while deployed just I could shoot back. The folks who did not have years of exposure to trauma or have that warm fuzzy feeling of a flashover can have culture shock.

The worst thing I found was returning. Many Marines and I have compared
1. First trip to WalMart.. (I just wanted to buy some F\/ [ k ing soap not 599 choices of soap
2. 4th of July. OK you get tearyeyed with the fireworks. I'm locked and loaded
3. Driving down the middle of the road telling every GM Opal and BMW to move over.
4. Looking at snakes as a before MRE Snack.
5. How come that air mattress feels like a pressure wave
6. I used to be smarter. Now my jokes really are stupid

Ok this is 6 years later. It was rough for two but I was lucky. I knew what was happening. That's why Navy HM is the best rate. You know when you are messed up you can figure out the whats and whys.

1. I do not tolerate civilians telling me where to be and what to do and I have to do what they tell me. I have one word for them.. Ok Two Dude Really are you serious?
2. Little things are now little. Big things are also little.
3. I care about two women My Daughter and my Mom. All else needs to be on the beach
4. Tomorrow is another day. The sun will rise in the east and set in the west. Where I live the Sunsets are awesome.
5. If I loose everything oh well. I can't take it with me and I almost was there anyway several times. I lived in an RV for 5 years. Before that a hole in the ground and then I was happy so no worries. It is just things and things don't count.
6. I intend to visit that edge again cause I know it well and I would not have it any other way.

I am not the same person before war. I am better. Not as smart but I Know more. A lot more. It's all good.

I would not trade it for the world. I'm at the end of my career and I did pretty much what I set out to. It was a good ride. I sacrificed a lot and the crap was beat out of me but it was The most fun job I ever hated.

Not the best job that was beach lifeguard. Scantily clad women were scarce in Asia.

Some of it's better but it's all good
Comment by Lynn Armwood on February 11, 2011 at 4:37pm
Looking for input..... brief history.. I have five combat tours, back to Desert Shield/Storm thru OIF/OEF. I have documented PTSD and TBI. I have never found much refief through meds or counseling for it, but haven't given up yet. A month ago I fell and hit my head hard enough to end up in the ER disoriented and was watched and sent home and had to go back the next night when I was again disoriented and throwing up. Was dx'd with Post Concussion Syndrome. My question is this, since hitting my head I have had almost daily headaches again, and I have been more irritable, paranoid, flashbacks, problems sleeping. Can a subsquent head injury with my past history of head injuries bring all these symptoms up again or make them worse, and if so does anyone have any idea how long they will last? Any information would be appreciated.
Comment by Wayne G on February 11, 2011 at 4:03pm
Talking to others who have been in a similar situation is extremely helpful.
Comment by Etta on April 4, 2010 at 7:35pm
Good group.

Comment by Capt. D Lewis on April 2, 2010 at 12:04pm
Nice group. Looking forwad to learning a thing or two here. Good idea.

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