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Living with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder During Pregnancy

Living with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder During Pregnancy

Living with PTSD symptoms during pregnancy can bring additional concerns for the expectant mother. Here are some suggestions for managing PTSD during pregnancy.

Living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during pregnancy can be scary. Pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience for anyone; for women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), being pregnant can be joyful, stressful, and even frightening. Additionally, there is not much information to be found on how PTSD symptoms can impact pregnancy, leaving many women with more questions than answers (Effects of Psychiatric Medications During Pregnancy). Understanding your diagnosis and maintaining a strong support system can help counter the uncertainties that come about when you’re pregnant and living 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 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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Coping with PTSD Triggers in Social Settings

Coping with PTSD Triggers in Social Settings

Knowing when you’ll need to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) triggers in social settings is an unpredictable aspect of posttraumatic stress disorder. Despite knowing many of the situations where encountering a PTSD trigger is likely, there is no way to anticipate or to avoid every trigger (PTSD Recovery: How to Cope With Triggers). PTSD triggers that occur in social situations call for a toolkit of coping strategies that you can use even when it isn’t practical to leave the group setting.

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Coping Skills for Dissociative Amnesia in Complex PTSD

Coping Skills for Dissociative Amnesia in Complex PTSD

Individuals with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) frequently experience varying levels of dissociative amnesia and they need to learn coping skills for dissociative amnesia in C-PTSD (Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder vs. Simple PTSD). For myself, dissociation was my superpower when I had no other means of coping. However, decades later, certain sights, sounds, smells, stressful experiences or perceived dangers can still trigger my complex PTSD dissociation. Here are some of the coping skills I use for complex PTSD-related dissociative amnesia.

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Coping with Post-Holiday Depression and PTSD

Coping with Post-Holiday Depression and PTSD

Many people feel a let-down when the holidays are over, but when you have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-holiday depression hits, it can be especially hard. Depression and PTSD often go hand-in-hand and it’s something that I am continually dealing with–even during the best of times. Now that the holidays and all their activities, stresses, and excitement are over, depression with my PTSD is popping up and I am doing my best to cope with it. 

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Coping with Dissociation in PTSD Recovery

Coping with Dissociation in PTSD Recovery

Dissociation due to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is just one of the symptoms that many of us who have PTSD have to cope with, but it can be a disruptive one. Most people who have survived trauma dissociate to some extent; it’s one way that the brain protects us from dealing with frightening events. For some of us, dissociation might be a mild sort of “spacing out” when triggered, but for others, it can be a truly unsettling feeling that is difficult to deal with. 

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Fatigue and PTSD — Why Am I So Tired?

Fatigue and PTSD — Why Am I So Tired?

I don’t know how many times I have asked myself about fatigue and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being diagnosed. There are times I feel extremely exhausted when I haven’t done anything to cause it. Naps during the day have gone from being a luxury to being a necessity at times. Feeling this way isn’t unusual for someone with PTSD; there are both psychological and physical factors that cause us to feel so tired. Fortunately, I have found some things that help me to deal with the PTSD and fatigue and still be productive. 

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Coping With Feeling Overwhelmed in PTSD Recovery

Coping With Feeling Overwhelmed in PTSD Recovery

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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Ways to Deal With Hyperarousal Symptoms of PTSD

Ways to Deal With Hyperarousal Symptoms of PTSD

For me, dealing with the hyperarousal symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an ongoing thing. I think it’s the one group of PTSD symptoms that currently affects me the most, even with all of the therapy I have had and the medication I take. In my last post, I wrote about how the brain functions during trauma and how, for those of us with PTSD, it can get stuck in the reactive state . In this post I want to talk about what it feels like to be in the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD and how to deal with it.

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15 Common Signs of Unresolved Trauma

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15 Common Signs of Unresolved Trauma

Recognizing the signs of unresolved trauma can be tricky. Sometimes people who are having difficulties enter therapy without even knowing that they have suffered the trauma that is causing disruptions in their daily lives. The very nature of trauma lends itself to that. Often, when a person goes through a traumatic event, there is some degree of dissociation that happens and the person essentially “blocks out” all, or part, of the event, so his or her awareness of the trauma isn’t accurate, making diagnosis difficult. However, there are some common signs of unresolved trauma that you can look for. 

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