Stressful events can cause a myriad of reactions that interfere with physical and emotional wellbeing. If you are interested to find out how to recover from PTSD, there are a number of different coping strategies you can employ to reduce the effects of traumatic and stressful events. Our clinical psychology department is committed to assisting our patients with recovery strategies, so that you can move forward with your life at your own pace.
What Are Considered Traumatic Or Stressful Events?
The after effects of post traumatic stress disorder can be severe and disturbing, but for most people the intensity of the reactions do subside at some point. Some examples of events that can result in post-traumatic stress include:
- Witnessing or being involved in criminal events
- Experiencing natural disasters such as floods and bushfires
- Being assaulted or abused
How Does PTSD Manifest?
How we respond to post traumatic stress disorder depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the stressor, your age, your coping mechanisms and strategies, and the state of your mental health. People may have emotional, physical, mental and behavioural responses to post traumatic stress disorder.
Some people respond very surprisingly or unpredictably to these stressful events. Some examples of how people respond to traumatic or stressful events include:
- Feeling hypersensitive or hyper alert
- Feeling upset or emotional about the event or similar events that trigger memories of the experience
- Emotional numbness and withdrawal
- Overprotection of yourself or other family members
- Self isolation or not wanting to go out because of fear of what could happen to you.
Resolving Traumatic Responses
For many people, denial of the traumatic event can create a block, in terms of them being able to move forward from it. For that reason, simply recognising the trauma and the effect it has, is the first step towards resolution. Some degree of self-acceptance and forgiveness is required, as you give yourself time and space to heal.
For some people, using drugs and alcohol as crutches can spiral into more complex problems that influence your mental health over time. Patients are advised against substance abuse as a long term coping strategy. An alternative is an investment in a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise, healthy eating, good sleep patterns and the appropriate emotional relaxation such as meditation and spending time with loved ones and family / friends.
Maintaining your usual routine as far as possible, and filling your life with as many positive and beneficial activities as possible can help you to work through your challenges.
Getting the appropriate professional assistance
Having a professional to help you through trying times can make a major difference to your mental health. While you may think you can cope well enough on your own, it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. Professionals understand the clinical psychology behind why we behave the way we do and can make the necessary interventions when circumstances become overbearing.
Do you need tips on how to recover from PTSD? Please contact us as soon as possible and we can help: (07) 5613 1531.