Coping Strategies for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is PTSD?According to DSM-5:” Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury.”
Symptoms of PTSD:Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Avoiding social conditions that may trigger flashbacks.
- An increased condition of tension and anxiety.
- Flashbacks of the traumatic event.
- Moodiness or anger outbursts.
- Heightened startle response.
Beware of Negative Coping Strategies:PTSD can have a lasting impact on a person’s well-being and if left untreated can lead to maladaptive coping strategies. Some of the most common negative coping strategies include:
- Alcohol and Drug Use.
- Isolation and Social Withdrawal.
- Increase in Controlling Behaviors.
- Becoming Emotionally Numb or Detached.
Use Positive Coping Strategies:Learning effective coping strategies can help minimize the impact that PTSD has on your emotional well-being. Listed below are some helpful strategies to assist you in making life more manageable.
- Cultivate Self-Awareness:
- Use Journaling:
- Learn Deep Breathing:
- Use Distraction to Your Advantage:
- Use Progressive Relaxation:
- Use Aromas to Activate the Senses:
- Use Art to Express Yourself:
- Seek Social Support:
- Get Professional Help:
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22 December, 2020