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  • Writer's pictureDarrell Julu

PTSD (The anxious lifestyle)

The condition known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can be triggered by a traumatic life event, either experienced or witnessed. Common symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event. Symptoms typically manifest within a month of the event, but can sometimes appear years later, impacting social, work, and relationship aspects of one's life. Individuals with PTSD have a significantly higher risk of suicide and self-harm, as well as an increased likelihood of developing other mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. 

Communicating one's experiences and symptoms related to PTSD can be challenging, making it important to prioritize mental and physical wellness. Strategies like prayer, meditation, and mindfulness can be beneficial in managing stress and anxiety associated with PTSD. Recovery and symptom reduction are achievable goals, despite the obstacles that may seem insurmountable. It is important to remember that there is always hope for healing and improvement. One of the key interventions to consider is maintaining a positive outlook towards the possibility of recovery and symptom reduction. This metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel symbolizes the desired outcome, while the tunnel represents the obstacles that may hinder progress. It is important to recognize that the light of recovery is attainable, and the obstacles are merely temporary illusions. 

By Darrell Julu , LMSW-T, PCIT, MAADC II 

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