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How to Talk with Someone Who Has PTSD

How to Talk with Someone Who Has PTSD

When someone who has PTSD opens up to you, it's not easy to know what to say or do. Here are some ways to react that will help you support someone with PTSD.

When someone who has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tells you about the illness, she also entrusts you with an important piece of her life. For most people, having PTSD is not something that pops up in casual conversation. Even for someone who has PTSD who is ready to talk about their experience fears the possible unsupportive response. I’m convinced that in most situations, people simply don’t know how to react to PTSD disclosures, and are reluctant to ask. Here is what I’d like everyone to about talking with someone who has PTSD.

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Negative Self-Talk Gets in the Way of Finding Help for PTSD

Negative Self-Talk Gets in the Way of Finding Help for PTSD

Negative-self talk can keep people with untreated PTSD from realizing they deserve help. Here's why negative self-talk shouldn't keep you from PTSD help.I have experienced a lot of negative self-talk around my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Before my PTSD diagnosis and therapy, my daily life was filled with stress and feelings of worthlessness. I had lived with my anxieties, depression, and dissociation for most of my life. I had no frame of reference for what life could be like without these symptoms. I had to reach a point where I was unable to do anything but sit on the couch and obsess over imagined diseases and an untimely death before I sought out a professional. Even then, I had a difficult time allowing myself to heal as if I wasn’t significant enough for help. Here are some things I wish I had known about negative self-talk and PTSD when I first began reaching out for assistance.

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Retrieving Memories Lost to Dissociation Caused by Trauma

Retrieving Memories Lost to Dissociation Caused by Trauma

Memories lost to dissociation can be of moments or cover long time spans, and can be both good and bad. Here's one way to regain memories lost to dissociation.My memories lost to dissociation come from having experienced prolonged traumatic abuses as a child. I developed the protective reflex of dissociation at an early age. Dissociation was my response to frightening, harmful, and unpredictable environments. I learned to tune out and shut down mentally while still being able to respond to my surroundings to function in the moment. I don’t know this because I remember it. I know this because other people hold memories for me. Here is how I began reclaiming my memories lost to trauma-related dissociation.

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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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