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“When I meet people, post-injury who may be stuck in a dark place, who may think their lives are destroyed, I say it’s going to be hard to picture the future but start by dipping your toes into the waters of adaptive sports in a group setting. The sooner you get involved, the better. You don’t have a clue what you will accomplish in life.”
For accountants, it’s tax time; for teachers, it’s September. And for therapists, the busiest time of year is the holidays. Every therapist knows that the winter holiday season is rife with pain, angst and grief.
Three LSU Health New Orleans licensed professional counselors and registered play therapists have created a new book to help children cope with the experience and aftermath of Hurricane Ida. A couple of very talented children, Susanna (age 8) and Ellie (age 6) Frischhertz, drew the illustrations.
PTSD can make somebody hard to be with. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situations can take a toll on the most caring family. Early research on PTSD has shown the harmful impact of PTSD on families.
Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.
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Because traumatic experiences are frequently unresolvable or difficult to make sense of, the stories we tell about them lack a resolution as well. I’m reminded, for example, of a story relayed to Michael Herr, a war correspondent who spent a year in Vietnam and later wrote a book titled Dispatches about his experiences there. (He also co-wrote Full Metal Jacket with Stanley Kubrick.)
Tener un perro puede levantar el ánimo o ayudarlo a sentirse menos estresado. Los perros pueden ayudar a las personas a sentirse mejor al brindarles compañía. Todos los dueños de perros, incluidos los que tienen trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT) pueden tener estos beneficios.
Luego de sufrir un trauma, los sobrevivientes a menudo dicen que su primera sensación es sentirse aliviados por estar vivos. Esto podría estar seguido por estrés, miedo e ira. Los sobrevivientes de un trauma también podrían descubrir que son incapaces de dejar de pensar en lo que ocurrió. Muchos sobrevivientes presentan un alto grado de alerta, lo que hace que reaccionen intensamente ante los sonidos e imágenes a su alrededor.
Most people have stress reactions after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if reactions or symptoms that feel like PTSD occur, they will slowly decrease over time.
Women represent the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population – they make up 9% of the total veteran population in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019), and are projected to make up 16% of all living veterans by 2043 (National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics, 2017). Of warriors who completed the 2020 Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Annual Warrior Survey, 20% are women – a larger representation when compared to the general veteran population.
Owning a dog can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship. All dog owners, including those who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience these benefits.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, an observance intended to raise public awareness about issues related to the disorder, reduce ITS stigma, and help to ensure that those suffering from the disorder have access to proper care.