ptsd-awareness

Me: lol that time my mom got so angry she exploded a box of butter was funny

Therapist: it’s ok to laugh 😏 humor is a coping mechanism

Me: but… it really was funny…

Apparently today was PTSD Awareness Day, so a little late I’m gonna pitch in:

PTSD is not just triggers. PTSD is hypervigilance, PTSD is insomnia, PTSD is hallucinations and nightmares, PTSD is paranoia and constant, low-level fear. PTSD is distrust of everybody you meet. PTSD is a million different things.

Triggers can be anything, and it’s important to know that, but it’s important to understand that triggers are not the be-all and end-all of the illness either, and that many triggers are not the kind of thing that can be adequately warned for or described in neat lists. There is a very specific definition of trigger that many people on this website have started using, and it’s not an inclusive or a useful one.

Support your friends with PTSD when they respond to triggers in ways that you don’t expect, or don’t know how to ask you to tag a trigger because they don’t know what it is. Support your friends with PTSD who don’t have normal triggers, because they still have PTSD. Support your friends with PTSD who have symptoms that you’re not as familiar with.

Thank you.

I thought I’d show how much I love Voltron/celebrate its first anniversary by illustrating one of the reasons why. Especially since it’s PTSD awareness month.

As someone who suffers PTSD, it’s important to me to have a character like Shiro representing. It’s not presented as a “beautiful” thing but a stressful and awful one. And Shiro, despite his disability, is strong and brave and still fighting. He’s a reminder that someone like me can be a hero. Someone like me can go and be great. And, like him, I have friends who love and support me through it.

(yes there’s a PTSD awareness ribbon and yes it’s that color)

facts about PTSD

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is NOT a mental illness. - it is a psychological injury. 

how does your brain change with ptsd ? 

hippocampus shrinks 

this area helps us distinguish past and present memories. 

increased activity in the amygdala   

helps us process emotions and is also linked to fear responses. 

ventromedial prefrontal cortex shrinks

this region regulates negative emotions that occur when confrontation with specific stimuli. 

these changes in the brain chemistry are the reasons why only treatments such as EMDR and CBT can fully reverse the effects of PTSD . 

(information to follow about these therapies.)

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What if you’d missed? You don’t have the right!

“It’s also significant that this isn’t the first time Theon has been in this kind of situation. In Season 1, Bran was held at knifepoint by a wildling. Back then, Theon attacked – and was criticized by Robb for doing so. Perhaps this memory was echoing in Theon’s mind amongst all the trauma caused by Ramsay.”

~Jenna Guillaume

What to do about C-PTSD if you’ve got it:

Remove yourself from the primary or situation or secondary situations stemming from the primary abuse. Seek therapy. Talk about it. Write about it. Meditation. Medication if needed. Physical Exercise. Rewrite the script of your life.

What not to do about it:

Stay. Hold it in. Bottle it up. Act out. Isolate. Self-abuse. Perpetuate the cycle.What to do about it if you know somebody else who has C-PTSD:Offer sympathy, support, a shoulder to cry on, lend an ear. Speak from experience. Assist with practical resolution when appropriate (guidance towards escape, therapy, etc.) Be patient.What not to do about it if you know somebody else who has it:Do not push your own agenda: proselytize, moralize, speak in absolutes, tell them to “get over it”, or try to force reconciliation with the perpetrator or offer “sure fire” cures.

Just Abused Kid Things

When being abused and mentally ill are just classified as “edgy” and “dark humor” so you have to deal with all ur conservative friends joking about how feminists get “so triggered” and calling you an “autistic r*tard” and making abuse and neurodivergents the punchline of every joke

cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.

Trauma-focused CBT uses a range of psychological treatment techniques to help you come to terms with the traumatic event.

For example, your therapist may ask you to confront your traumatic memories by thinking about your experience in detail. During this process your therapist helps you cope with any distress you feel, while identifying any unhelpful thoughts or misrepresentations you have about the experience.

Your therapist can help you gain control of your fear and distress by changing the negative way you think about your experience. For example, feeling you’re to blame for what happened or fear that it may happen again.

You may also be encouraged to gradually restart any activities you’ve avoided since your experience, such as driving a car if you had an accident.

You’ll usually have 8-12 weekly sessions of trauma-focused CBT, although fewer may be needed. Sessions usually last for around 60-90 minutes.