If you or a loved one has PTSD, you need to get help. PTSD cannot be reasoned away or ignored, it needs to be treated or it can destroy you or the ones you love. Members of the military have been trained from day one to be tough, so they think they can tough out PTSD. It doesn’t work that way, and thinking it will go away is a mistake.
What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, occurs when a person has experienced events such as military combat, violence, assault, natural disasters, or a serious accident or injury. It affects a primal part of the brain which causes symptoms to appear soon after the event or many years later. These symptoms can include:
- Flashbacks to the event
- Nightmares or sleep disorders
- Depression or intense sadness
- Violence or rage episodes
- Guilt or shame
- Detachment from family or loved ones
- Self-destructive or reckless behavior
- Physical pain, headaches, or other medical symptoms
- Fear or apprehension
PTSD occurs because the traumatic event cannot be processed by the human brain. It becomes “stuck” in a part of the brain where it continues to interact with emotions and thinking, causing the symptoms above. There are several ways to help PTSD patients deal with their traumatic events, including:
- Group therapy
- Many other methods depending on the patient
There is no one-fits-all method to treat PTSD because every sufferer is different. But what is important is getting the help you need now, rather than ignoring it or hoping it goes away. Operation Rubix offers local resources in Sarasota County FL to help veterans and their families in a variety of ways. We have resources available in mental health counseling and group therapy so veterans can start getting the help they need to manage PTSD and resume a normal life. Contact Operation Rubix today at 941-330-4240 for more information.