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3 Destructive PTSD Habits

  1. Suicide

    People with untreated PTSD are at a much higher risk of going through stages of suicidal thoughts. Individuals with severe occurrences of PTSD will frequently develop thoughts of suicide, which can be prevented through methods of dealing with PTSD, such as therapy sessions and medication. When they keep reliving their traumatic experiences, it can increase the likelihood of suicidal thoughts.

  2. Alcohol and Drug Abuse

    Studies have suggested that individuals suffering from PTSD are more likely to develop drug and alcohol abuse problems when compared to those without it. While some sufferers may think that using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate helps them, this can in fact have a detrimental long-term impact.

  3. Avoidance

    People who have been traumatised will start to avoid triggers for anxiety. This frequently results in them isolating themselves from family and friends. They reduce (and even stop) going out, so that their comfort zone – and ultimately their world – becomes smaller and smaller.

Coping With PTSD

When you’re actively trying to cope with PTSD symptoms, you’re already taking the first step to recovery. This puts you in a position of power, ensuring you feel less helpless and more in control.
In fact, coping is necessary even where there is no PTSD present. It’s a normal way of responding to everyday life situations, regardless of how severe they might be. When you’re taking direct action to help yourself cope, you’re strengthening your ability to do so on a regular basis.

If you’re finding that your methods for trying to cope are not working, this could be a sign that you require the assistance of a professional. Give Overcoming PTSD a call on 02 9960 0022 to speak with a psychiatrist.

PTSD Causes

It was thought that when PTSD had first become known, that it was only caused from military experiences. However, it was later found that just about any traumatic experience can be the cause of PTSD. According to the Sidran Foundation, PTSD can be caused when “Anyone who has been victimized or has witnessed a violent act, or who has been repeatedly exposed to life-threatening situations.” What this means is that regardless of where the trauma occurs, issues surrounding PTSD can potentially arise.

There are 3 types of PTSD:

General PTSD

  • Car accidents, fires and earthquakes.
  • Rape (whether it’s violent, sexual, physical or verbal).
  • Physical assault: such as mugging, carjacking or other random acts.

C-PTSD

  • Occurs when people are held captive in state that emotionally or physically damages them (for example; child sexual abuse, prisoner of war camps and long-term domestic violence).

Combat PTSD

  • Extreme combat experiences can cause physical changes in the brain.
  • The section of our brains with the ‘fight or flight’ responsive can increase in size by as much as 8%.

PTSD Help Options

For sufferers of PTSD, there are a wide variety of treatment options available. You should speak with a clinician to determine which options are best for you. When considering options, your clinician will assess you based on the severity of your condition, access to services and your own personal preferences.

Early prevention is possible if help has been sought as soon as possible. This helps prevent the development of PTSD, and a few sessions of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been known to provide great benefit. Additionally, group (and individual) therapy sessions and social education allows sufferers to interact with others who are suffering similar symptoms, and deal with issues directly.