Mental Health Week 2017
Mental Health Week
Six things you should know about PTSD and mental trauma in Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8-14):-
1. It is important to recognise symptoms which interfere with normal functioning. Symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, poor sleep, anger outbursts, physical violence, excessive anxiety, feelings of depression, avoidance of any reminders, denial of effects - all interfere with the lives of the person traumatised and the people around. There is no point in denying it as it will only get worse. PTSD Resolution's treatment teaches Veterans, Reservists and Families how to recognise, reduce and manage symptoms so that life can return to normality.
2. If things are 'not right' with you, get professional help. There is no point in delaying as symptoms generally get worse because of the repeated emotional arousal: Prince Harry's publicity about seeking help is relevant to all members of society; and for Veterans, Reservists and Family members it directly relates to PTSD Resolution for being available to Veterans without having to wait or travel far, or stay away, or having to endure many emotionally painful sessions.
3. Is a 'stiff upper lip' the best strategy? Stoicism and intelligent acceptance is fine and part of our human character: the stiff upper lip is an essential part of human survival and should not be decried – but recognising when help is needed takes courage, and an awareness of our humanity and an intelligent acceptance of one's own vulnerability. Drinking or drugging to kill the emotional pain is certainly not the solution. PTSD Resolution can help reduce the emotional pain so that self-medication is not necessary and one's own innate resources are encouraged to restore control in your life.
4. Should you always get help after a traumatic event? Probably not. Immediate social and human support is necessary for a period of time to allow natural recovery to occur. Humans have a remarkable capacity to adapt. It is part of our process of personal growth and survival. But be aware of the symptoms in yourself and others, when life is being adversely affected and when help may be needed. A call to PTSD Resolution will determine whether, and when help is advised.
5. Can you 'inoculate' yourself (and others) against future trauma? No, because reactions to trauma are unpredictable. We can condition ourselves to cope with danger, and survive threats to ourselves, but reaction and symptoms often do not occur until long after the events. But you can take simple precautions: to ensure that you recognise any changes and tell-tale signals; that you have someone you can talk to in confidence. But remember if you have a problem with trauma symptoms, you are best seeking professional help from PTSD Resolution.
6. It is a myth that you have to re-live or re-tell your traumatic experiences as part of any treatment. It is not only a myth but an inhuman and outdated misperception. Every time an emotional experience is re-told or re-lived it adds to the overall amount of emotional memory lodged in the survival part of the brain, resulting in ever-increasing emotional reactions and symptoms. PTSD Resolution's treatment does not require re-living or re-telling, and instead conducts the therapeutic process in a very calm and humane way.
PTSD Resolution refers Veterans exclusively to therapists registered with the Human Given Institute. The primary therapy approach is Human Givens Therapy (HGT), which includes helping people understand how to maintain wellbeing by getting their needs met (http://www.hgi.org.uk/human-givens/introduction/what-are-human-givens). These ideas are common sense to understand, simple to apply, and cheap to follow, by any individual. Still need help? Got stuck? Refer to PTSD Resolution.
For help with trauma that is fast, compassionate, local and free, UK Forces' Veterans, Reservists and their families should contact www.PTSDresolution.org.
PTSD Resolution is a registered charity No. 1133188: it pays no staff salaries and owns no assets; all funds donated are used to pay for professional help by accredited therapists, further research and essential communication to Veterans.