What To Do After A Trauma (PTSD)

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What Is A Trauma?

A trauma is anything that puts you, your loved ones, or those around you in danger.  It will cause a sense of fear and disorder.  In normal times, things such as accidents, assaults or physical attacks, and major sickness and illnesses can cause trauma.  If you are visiting this site, chances are you are looking at these types of traumas, and beyond.  Societal collapse, a major economic crash, or massive natural disaster are just a few of the crisis that could result in trauma on a national scale. just because these incidents are more widespread, doesn’t make them less personal, though.

What happens When A Trauma Is Over?

During a crisis, or trauma, you most likely won’t have time to deal with your feelings.  Dealing with the situation in front of you will be your main focus.  Your immediate survival, or that of those around, you will be what is important.  After the trauma, you may find yourself, or others, feeling or acting in ways that are not normal.  Feelings hopelessness or loss of control may surface.   A person may start acting and behaving in ways that are not productive, or safe.  These feelings and actions appear after the trauma is over.  Because of this, you may not even connect them as a result of the trauma.  In modern times, these reactions are call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  No matter what it is labeled, it is important to understand what you, or others may go through after a trauma.

Some of the reactions trauma can trigger are:

  • Fear or anxiousness for no reason
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling the need to be on guard all the time
  • Jumpiness or being easily startled
  • reoccurring nightmares and memories
  • Sudden flashbacks
  • Fearing or avoiding anything associated with the trauma
  • Not remember part, or all of the trauma
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Loss of intimacy

Emotionally, trauma may cause feelings of:

  • Anger
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Remorse
  • Guilt
  • Distrust
  • Numbness
  • Detachment
  • Abandonment

Reactions to trauma can manifest themselves physically in:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of sleep
  • Sever headaches
  • Panic attacks; shortness of breath, or chest pains
  • Excessive drinking, smoking or use of drugs

Everyone reacts to trauma in different ways.  Where one person may have one or many of the reactions, another may have none.  Once these reactions and symptoms appear, though, it is important to address them as quickly as possible.  In a survival situation, it could literally be a question of life or death.  Even in normal times, if left unchecked they could even lead to suicide.

Soldiers FarewellHow To Help After A Trauma

Talk to friends and family

A person doesn’t have to cope with these feelings by themselves. Friends and family can help deal with the feelings that have arisen.  If if a person doesn’t feel like they can talk about what is going on, just being around people who care about them can be therapeutic.

Join A Support Group

If a person can not talk about their feelings with friends or family, they could join a support group.  This allows them to talk about and deal with the trauma with a group of people that share their experiences.

Talk To A Spiritual Or Religious Advisor

Faith can be a great comfort.  Anger at “God” or questioning ones beliefs can be a reaction to a trauma.  A person should not be afraid to talk to clergy about what they are going through.

Talk To A Counselor

Ideally a trained professional is desired when seeking help with a trauma.  Sometimes, though, just talking to a neutral third party can help.  They can help a person discover the best way to emotionally deal with what they are experiencing.

Take Care Of Ones Health

Since these reactions can be of a physical nature, it is important to stay healthy.  If injured, a healthy diet, exercise and plenty of rest will help the body heal.  Don’t use alcohol and drugs to numb your feelings.

Take Part In Events Related To The Trauma

Ceremonies and public events commemorating large scale traumas are a great way of getting support and understanding about what you are feeling.

Take Action

Join or form a group that works to raise awareness about the issue.  A group could also lobby politicians to help prevent such events in the future.

Dealing With Trauma

The loss of security and normalcy associated with the different types of trauma can affect the individual, or group, in a myriad of ways.  None of them are positive in nature.  Whether the trauma happens in your daily life or during an “end of the world” scenario, it is important that we be able to identify and address post trauma conditions.  The symptoms of post trauma, or PTSD, and adversely effect an individual or the group.  As stated earlier, it could even become a life or death situation.  Learn about the causes and risks or trauma.  make person to person connections with others.  Do things to increase physical and mental health.  And finally, take some time and learn more about PTSD, its causes and symptoms.

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Today is the 153rd birthday of the State of Kansas.  The State motto at the top of the Kansas State seal contains the latin phrase “ad astra per aspera” which translates roughly into ‘to the stars through difficulties.’

Good thing that our pioneer forefathers selected State mottoes such as Kansas’ otherwise a modern citizenry might pick something more topical like ‘success through a Reality TV contract or EBT card’  …less so in the Great State of Kansas than some other parts of the country at least…gotta love ‘flyover country.’ (more…)

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