The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often comes from trauma, but it doesn't always. This is why it's important to really understand the mental illness and not just go by the preconceived notions everyone has about it. No, PTSD is not only for war veterans. And as we just revealed, it's not only for victims of trauma either. It's a complex disorder that can manifest through many different challenging times and it's important to get the support you need early if possible. Of the 76% of people who experience trauma, 8% of them are likely to be diagnosed with PTSD. Which means they've been exhibiting signs and symptoms consistently for at least one month. One of the first steps to take is consulting your doctor or mental health professional to properly assess your situation and get you set up on the right track to start managing and understanding symptoms. Consulting professional support is so important when it comes to trauma because working through these flashbacks and terrors can lead you down a very dark path if you're alone and unaware of how to deal with or process them. If the idea of going somewhere or seeking out help alone scares you, confide in someone close to you who is able to be a source of support throughout your journey. A tip all the links will list below is to find some sort of support, whether it's through your family and friends, group therapy, online support groups and so on. There are people out there willing to listen and help walk you through what could be a very fragile time.
When you're living with PTSD, you can be more prone to other illnesses including anxiety and depression. Not only is it important to keep regular with your mental health professional, but journaling or jotting down a few notes can help you to track and understand what you're going through. There's not always a reason to the way you're feeling, but writing it down can either be a release or a way to keep track of patterns and behaviours. Because of the nature of this illness, physical activity is often something that can be extremely helpful in keeping your brain occupied and focused while flooding you with some great endorphins and a sense of accomplishment. We're not saying you have to go try out for the track team (although good on ya!), there are all different kinds of therapy that can fall under the umbrella of just getting up and out of the house. Including art therapy, animal therapy or getting a service animal, music therapy and a variety of other creative avenues as well.
The bottom line is, getting to know your illness is going to be incredibly helpful to you and the people around you. Not only are you able to then advocate for yourself, but you're also able to shed some light on PTSD and awareness around it. It's important to be open and honest with your support system and health professionals, they're not there to judge, and if they are perhaps it's time to find a new fit! Never be afraid to reach out to us using our YAC AT US platform, we're always here to lend an ear and work together to find resources that best suit you!
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
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2. PTSD: Coping, Support, and Living Well. (2019). Verywell Mind. Retrieved 9 November 2019, from https://www.verywellmind.com/coping-with-ptsd-2797536
3. 9 Ways to Relieve Your Anxiety Associated With PTSD. (2019). Verywell Mind. Retrieved 9 November 2019, from https://www.verywellmind.com/ways-of-coping-with-anxiety-2797619
4. PTSD: Five effective coping strategies. (2019). Medical News Today. Retrieved 9 November 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles
5. Self-care for PTSD | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. (2019). Mind.org.uk. Retrieved 9 November 2019, from https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/self-care-for-ptsd/#.XccLQzNKhPY
6. Coping Strategies — PTSD Association of Canada. (2019). PTSD Association of Canada. Retrieved 9 November 2019, from http://www.ptsdassociation.com/coping-strategies-1