Ways To Help People With PTSD

The first step is to make an appointment with a medical expert who can diagnose the problem thoughtfully and determine the patient’s state of mind. The practitioner will understand the symptoms and will decide the course of action effectively.

There are situations where the symptoms can go unnoticed for several weeks or even months. Also there are circumstances where the victim has recovered within 6 months, meaning that there is a lot of variance that comes with handling PTSD.

When a friend or family member has PTSD, there are a few ways to help. Primarily, it is important to express love for the person affected and show them the good things in life in some way or another. Sometimes it is useful to talk to this person directly about the problem. Depending on the severity of the condition, it may be possible to relieve them of stress through conversation. Otherwise, talking to the victim as if he or she did not have PTSD is an effective way to help the victim maintain his or her sanity. Supportive behavior like this can sometimes be enough to help a sufferer return to a healthy mental state. Positive energy is also important, although do not overdo things if the resulting effect is negative. Recommending certain relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga are also possible strategies when dealing with a PTSD victim.

If money shortages occur when trying to pay for medical expenses, start a fundraising campaign by spreading awareness about the effects of PTSD.

In order to help the victim assimilate a normal life again, conduct family reunions, neighborhood gatherings, or club conferences so as to show love and affection through many other people. It is important to note, however, that this could backfire if it reminds the afflicted individual about any events from their past that could possibly contribute to the current problem.

Finally, show support or spread awareness using printed shirts, caps, events, campaigns, and so on. In recent times, people have started using a unique tool to for spreading awareness: silicone wristbands. These are highly durable, long lasting, and suitable for people of all ages. Silicone Wristbands, especially those sold online, are available in various colors, sizes, and designs and are customizable. The main advantage of using wristbands in order to raise awareness and show support for PTSD victims is that messages can be spread to the public with ease. Using printed messages like “SUPPORT PTSD VICTIMS”, “HELP OUR PTSD FRIENDS”, and “SHOW PEACE AND HARMONY” allows the general public to learn more about the cause. Since wristbands are customizable accessories – pick a style that complements the message or anything that is appealing. Various styles and designs include embossed, debossed, dual layer, multicolored, and swirled.

PTSD Treatment

For the more humanistic approach to PTSD treatment, there are a few organizations that are focusing on helping the individual to get past the horrific experiences and help them to create a thriving and successful life for him or herself.

For instance, in a recent Channel 10 News section in Sarasota, Florida, “Veterans finding peace with equine therapy”, the focus was on the Circle V Ranch and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City. This ranch has, as its mission, to help veterans and first responders with alternative treatment. (Alternative to drug treatment). The ranch works with equine therapy to help the veteran and horse to work together and through this work, the veteran is able to move forward in their lives. One psychologist at the center is quoted in the news as saying that “They start to reconnect with themselves as they connect with the horse. As they connect with themselves, they can start to connect with the group. As they do that, they can start to reconnect with their family.” Additionally, the ranch offers help to the family, taking into consideration that PTSD symptoms do affect all.

Mental Health treatment has become the leading approach to PTSD treatment. This carries with it, the stigma of having been diagnosed as mentally ill, the FDA warnings of delusions, hallucinations, mania, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, aggression and more, that come with the psychiatric drugs and for some, it carries involuntary commitment stays when the individual is experiencing these adverse effects of the drugs. A stay in a psychiatric ward is an added stigma, added financial burden, and another opportunity to diagnose and administer drugs to the patient.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls, specializing in holistic and preventive mental health care, recently published an article that is most relevant for those who have been labeled as psychotic, PTSD, Bipolar, Depressed, Manic, and otherwise opened up to the possibility of being diagnosed, placed on drugs and put in a psychiatric ward. Dr. Kohls specializes in areas of traumatic stress disorders, brain nutrition, and non-pharmaceutical approaches to mental health, neurotransmitter disorders, neurotoxicity from food additives, and the problems with psychotropic drugs.

He helps patients who have had adverse reactions from the mental health drugs, those who have developed dependency, those who have withdrawal symptoms and/or those who are experiencing toxicity from the drugs themselves. In Dr. Kohl’s article, titled, “Psychiatric Hospitals: On Being Sane In ‘Insane Places”

If Sanity and Insanity Exist, How Shall We Know Them?”, he is discussing a famous study that was published by D. L. Roshenan, in 1973. This study exposed the severe shortcomings of psychiatric hospitals at that time as 8 people, professional individuals including Rosenhan himself, faked the symptom of hearing voices and got admitted to 12 different psychiatric hospitals. The study showed in detail how each was diagnosed with a mental disorder and yet during the time they were held in the hospitals, none of them showed any symptoms of mental health problems.

Each of the 8 people told the psychiatric professionals that the voices had gone and they exhibited no manic or hallucinatory or delusional behavior during their time at the hospital (which ranged from 7 to 52 days). These “patients” engaged in all the activities that were laid out for them while they were there and faked taking antipsychotic pills that were prescribed to them. None of the staff, reportedly, suspected that they were not real patients and the only people that doubted their validity as having a mental health disorder, were the other patients, who were there under no faked symptoms and most of whom were on the psychiatric drugs.

In a follow up study, Rosenhan announced to the hospital staff of a facility, that had doubted his first study, that there would be pseudo-patients who would attempt to be admitted to their hospital in the following 3 months. The results of the study were that, “Among the total of 193 patients that were admitted for psychiatric treatment during the 3-month period, 41 genuine patients (20% of the total) were suspected, with high confidence, of being pseudo-patients by at least one member of the staff. 23 of the 41 were suspected of being fake patients by a psychiatrist, and 10 were suspected by both a psychiatrist and one other staff member.” So, from this 41 patients were saved from getting diagnosed with mental illness and protected from the mind-altering effects of psychiatric drugs.

This original and follow-up study convey a similar message to an old, foreign film produced by Philipe de Broca, “King of Hearts”, which was set at the end of World War I in a small European town where there was an asylum. As the movie proceeds we see the townspeople leave the town, due to threat of enemy siege and the patients from the asylum come out to operate the town’s stores and activities. During their time, out of the asylum, a soldier has been sent to defuse a bomb the enemy has left somewhere in the town that will, if it goes off, destroy the town completely. The soldier has his adventures with the inmates and as we see, by the end of the story, he is certain that they are the sane ones and that the game of war is insane. The message of the film and the results of Rosenhan’s studies are parallel, in that sanity is measured by location, at times and also by arbitrary yardsticks that truly have no basis in medical science.

Prevent and Support PTSD Awareness

PTSD – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder¬†– is a serious mental health condition that can occur in some people after experiencing or witnessing traumatic or life-threatening events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, serious accidents like car or plane crashes, their loved one’s sudden death, sexual assault or other violent acts. Most people, after such incidents, the effects of the event fade over time. But some get emotionally shattered and unable to recover, leads to PTSD, especially if the events are unpredictable and uncontrollable that affects their day-to-day functioning.

Tips to Prevent

It is possible to prevent through early intervention and treatment. The sooner it is treated, the easier it is to overcome. Here are some of the tips to reduce the complications.

If you are the victim of PTSD, disclose it to your loved ones; This disorder can make you feel disconnected from your social activities and from your loved ones. But it is important to have good contacts with the people who care about you as the caring support and friendship with them is vital to your recovery.

Joining with a PTSD support group can help you feel that you are not alone and also provide valuable information on how to manage the situation and ways to speedy recovery;

Seek the guidance and support of an experienced therapist or physician;
Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercise to relax your mind and body that can ease symptoms;

Help others in their healing process;
Eat a healthy and nutritious meal to keep you healthy;
Avoid alcohol and drugs completely as it is quite natural when you find it difficult to control emotions, you may be tempted to drink that will only worsen your condition further;

Have a proper sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours as inadequate sleep can trigger anger, irritability and agitation. Listen to calm music which gives peacefulness to mind before going to bed;

It is important to have faith in you that you can manage your feelings and survive;

Support and Create Awareness

National PTSD Awareness Day is observed each year on June 27 to support and recognize the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those affected by it. Volunteer your support and raise awareness and most importantly, provide the help that is desperately needed.

PTSD sufferers require very specific, special needs care, to help them. Assist them in their medical appointments and treatments.

Understand that avoidance is part of the disorder. Reach out to someone you know who suffers from PTSD. Allow space and time and do not force, if they resist your help. Let them know that you are available at any time and ready to help them. Make them feel that you are there to listen to their problems without criticizing.

Plan opportunities for a get-to-gather with family and friends to reduce stress.

There are many people who have PTSD from various traumas. Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help people recognize symptoms, and seek needed care. Organize an awareness campaign in your community on this PTSD Awareness Day of June 27th mainly to encourage everyone to raise public awareness, the people it affects, the treatment options so that every one of us can help make their lives just a little easier. Though there are many promotional products available in the market, choosing customized silicone wristbands as a token of awareness giveaway gifts in your awareness campaign is the best choice. People love to wear this fashion accessory not only for stylish but also for various noble causes. These are available easily online.