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Living in PTSD Recovery and the Myth of a Cure

Living in PTSD Recovery and the Myth of a Cure

Living in PTSD recovery isn't the same as being cured of the disease. It's important to understand the difference. Take a look at this.I lived with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost 22 years before I received treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. After five years of therapy, I healed enough to consider myself living in PTSD recovery. However, I still have symptoms that require maintenance, depression being the most notable. No magic formula exists to cure PTSD, but I have coping skills to manage my symptoms. Let’s look at the reality of living in PTSD recovery, and the myth of being cured.

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Understand Trauma-Informed Care to Improve PTSD Therapy

Understand Trauma-Informed Care to Improve PTSD Therapy

Understanding trauma-informed care can assist you in making the most out of your PTSD treatment. Here is what you need to know about trauma-informed care.In the field of mental health, the phrase trauma-informed care refers to a set of standards practitioners follow when treating individuals who have experienced trauma. Trauma-informed care reduces the risk of causing inadvertent harm to or retraumatizing people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Understanding the basics of trauma-informed care can help you make the most out of your PTSD therapy.

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Workplace Accommodations for Employees with PTSD Q & A

Workplace Accommodations for Employees with PTSD Q & A

Workplace accommodations for PTSD can alleviate PTSD symptoms in some employees. Here are some basic PTSD workplace accommodations and how to request them.

If you experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you are eligible for workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While not everyone with PTSD will require accommodations, there are many options available for dealing with fatigue, stress, poor concentration, memory loss, and anxietyRead about these workplace accommodations for employees with PTSD.

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Don’t Let Travel Anxiety and PTSD Trap You at Home

Don’t Let Travel Anxiety and PTSD Trap You at Home

Travel anxiety plus PTSD when going on vacation is extremely stressful. Use these planning tips to reduce travel anxiety and PTSD symptoms before you take off.

Travel anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) magnify the tension of planning and leaving on a vacation. The traveling, the unknown venues, crowds, open spaces and other unpredictable scenarios can make many PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, depression, dissociation and fatigue more prominent. Of course, having PTSD doesn’t mean you should stay close to home. By taking some extra time to detail your travel plans, you can handle travel anxiety and PTSD.

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Setting Goals When You Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Setting Goals When You Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Setting goals when you live with posttraumatic stress disorder is important. However, goal-setting (and attaining) can be difficult. Make it easier - read this.

When you are living with a mental illness like posttraumatic stress disorder, setting and working toward specific goals is sometimes challenging. As someone who has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I know that there are times when my PTSD symptoms are worse than others and those times are often hard to predict. So when I set goals with PTSD, regarding either my recovery or other aspects of life, I try to keep in mind that I may have more to deal with than others who don’t suffer from a mental illness (How to Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals).

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Finding Purpose in Your PTSD Recovery

Finding Purpose in Your PTSD Recovery

It’s natural to ask, “Why me?” about your trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but I have found purpose in my PTSD. I have found that when you are able to discover real meaning and purpose in the trauma that have happened to you, not only does it provide you with some peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment, but also helps with managing PTSD symptoms. Here are tips on finding purpose in your PTSD.

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Recognize Progress in PTSD Recovery to Promote Further Healing

Recognize Progress in PTSD Recovery to Promote Further Healing

There is no doubt that it’s often hard to recognize the progress in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery. The symptoms of PTSD can be overwhelming and seem to be never-ending. Many times, in my own PTSD recovery, I feel like it’s one step forward, two steps back — and my focus is usually on the two steps back. But when I actually choose to look at the one step forward instead, I find that I am making progress, and that recognizing progress in PTSD recovery is important.

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Coping With Feeling Overwhelmed in PTSD Recovery

Coping With Feeling Overwhelmed in PTSD Recovery

Feeling overwhelmed when you're in recovery from PTSD makes life tough. Learning PTSD coping skills makes the tough stuff easier. Read this for ideas to cope.

Coping with feeling overwhelmed while in recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging. I know when I become overwhelmed with anything–emotional, physical, or mental–I am likely to just want to shut down and avoid life. My anxiety kicks in and it feels like everything is out of control, moving too fast, and I become irritable, whiny, and tired. Sometimes when that happens, I absolutely need a full-stop (a nap or a good night’s sleep) to recharge and feel better. But more often, I’m able to use coping skills that I have learned in PTSD recovery to deal with feeling overwhelmed (What’s Your PTSD Recovery Program?).

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5 Mental Health Recovery Apps You Should Try

5 Mental Health Recovery Apps You Should Try

5 Mental Health Recovery Apps You Should Try

It is the age of the smartphone, and there is a mobile app for everything–including mental health recovery apps. You can find applications designed to help with everything from depression and anxiety to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction recovery, eating disorders and self-esteem. Some offer interaction with others in recovery, some provide feedback and advice based on the information each individual records, and some simply give users techniques for reducing anxiety and encouraging gratitude and optimism. No app is meant to take the place of face-to-face treatment, but I have found these mental health recovery apps you should try can be a useful addition to my mental health recovery.

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EMDR Therapy as PTSD Treatment: A Closer Look

EMDR Therapy as PTSD Treatment: A Closer Look

Are you are interested in taking a closer look at how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy works for recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? If so, I recommend a book I read recently, Every Moment of a Fall, A Memoir of Recovery Through EMDR Therapy, by Carol E. Miller. The book gives a first-hand account of what EMDR therapy is like and how it helps with PTSD recovery (see also PTSD Treatment: My Experience With EMDR Therapy). 

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