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How To Overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder With Treatment

by Caitlin Obara

If you have experience a traumatic experience, then it is normal to feel a roller coaster of emotions. You may feel anger, fear, guilt, distress, shame and helplessness. The normal reaction is to feel this way for a few weeks. If you are still on an emotional roller coaster months later, then you probably have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read on to find out how to overcome this disorder with PTSD treatment services.

Face Your Pain With Help

Post traumatic stress disorder occurs after experiencing a traumatic event. Examples include natural disasters, military combat, sexual assault, fatal car accident and physical abuse. You have to face your trauma to regain your peace of mind. However, it is dangerous to face this pain without the help of a professional. You can overcome PTSD by going through psychotherapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you with changing your thought patterns. CBT helps you to understand that the way you deal with a traumatic event is more related to your reaction than the actual situation. This therapy helps you to change unhealthy thinking and behavior. If you can change your negative thoughts and behavior, then your mood will change for the better. You also will physically function better.

Consider Medication

Medication is another treatment that can be used with depression therapy. For example, if you develop PTSD because of watching a sibling killed, then you may have feelings of guilt. You may think you could have done something different in the moment. This pain may cause difficulty with sleeping. Your doctors can prescribe medication to help with your sleep problems. Sleeping is also very healing and may alleviate some of your symptoms. Your body needs to recoup and it can do this with getting a good night of rest. Anti-anxiety medication is another option for treating other PTSD symptoms.

Attend Support Groups

Some people tend to feel alone after going through a tragedy. You must understand that you are not alone. Others are going through some of the same problems. You can meet these people with the help of support groups. These groups are led by mental health professionals.

This setting allows you to share your feelings and helps you with coping with your memories. It is a good step in recovery to find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

Support and treatment is critical for overcoming post traumatic stress disorder. Your memories will not go away. However, you can learn how to manage your response to these memories.