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Parting with PTSD

What is PTSD?


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, series of events or set of circumstances. Everyone experiences PTSD differently because each individual has their personal distinctive background, many people feel PTSD physically and emotionally. Some examples of how people have gotten PTSD include natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist acts, war/combat, rape/sexual assault, historical trauma, intimate partner violence and bullying.


How does PTSD Affect Mental-Health?


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can disrupt your life in significant ways, socially, mentally and physically. It makes it hard to maintain and even make relationships with family and new people, but it is extremely important to keep in mind that every person has different experiences and perceptions. Trust, communication, and problem solving will directly impact the way someone responds to trauma.


Statistics


General- Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives.

African American- A 2019 study found that African Americans have the highest lifetime prevalence of

PTSD (8.7%) compared to their white (7.4%), Latino (7%) and Asian (4%) counterparts.

Latinx- Aside from pre- and post-immigration induced cultural-specific stressors, culture-bound syndromes are yet another probable cause as to why Latinos are potentially more prone to the development of PTSD.

Asian American- most likely to be exposed to organized violence. Over 70% of Asian refugees receiving mental health help are due to PTSD.


How to Cope with PTSD?


1. Learn about trauma and PTSD-

It is beneficial to inform your community about all of the unknown issues relating to PTSD.

If we want to make a change we have to start in out own homes and communities.

2. Join a PTSD support group-

You can learn to listen to others and their issues, plus it will allow you to feel understood and not alone.

3. Practice relaxation techniques-

Deep breathing and clearing your mind can help when thoughts begin to arise in your mind.

4. Pursue outdoor activities-

Staying active will allow you to clear your mind and stay healthy.

5. Confide in a person you trust-

Having someone in your life that you can trust will be specially important when you want yo talk to someone that is willing to listen and keep confidential information to themselves.

6. Spend time with positive people-

Being around people who are uplifting and supportive will allow you to feel accepted and wanted. Having a good support system will make it easier for you to reach out when you feel the need for assistance.

7. Avoid alcohol and drugs-

Drugs and Alcohol simply make it difficult to control your emotions and your ability to cope. In some people it can even increase PTSD symptoms, giving feelings of numbness and uncontrollable thoughts.

8. Enjoy the peace of nature-

Go on a hike, admire the beauty of your surroundings, you are not alone, there are so many people that love you and are willing to help you out.


Here's a little motivation to give you a boost for the week and some statistics to keep learning about PTSD.









 


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Paola Diaz


I am a junior in high school, who loves drawing, making music and playing basketball. My most desired meal after a long day of school is a warm plate of Chicken Alfredo. My favorite color is green, and I hope to pursue a career in engineering. I am driven to stop the stigma about mental health.





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