Learning To Manage and Heal Your PTSD Posted on August 14, 2015, updated on March 2, 2022 by Gateway Counseling Once referred to as “shell shock,” Post-traumatic Stree Disorder (PTSD) rose in ranks among mental disorders as a condition most associated with war veterans. However, anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience can develop PTSD as a result, reliving the nightmarish ordeal in their heads. Those affected by PTSD report nightmares, day disturbances, depression, anxiety or feeling numb towards those they were once close with. While the traumatic memories causing PTSD will never go away, they can, however, be dealt with. With time and practice, the painful emotions associated with these memories can be managed. In fact, there are many instances of PTSD survivors who have been able to overcome their ordeal and now wear it as a badge of honor. While the journey through PTSD is long, you can begin to manage and heal your PTSD starting today. Learn how healing begins PTSD if a normal reaction to an abnormal experience. The first step in learning how to manage and heal your PTSD is to learn more about how the healing process works. Take these initial stages as a chance to learn why you’re feeling this way and that these are all normal reactions. Education and knowing you’re not alone in this battle will provide comfort in and of itself. Learn the strategies others have used to overcome trauma as key insight into your own healing process. Create a healing strategy Develop a strategy; without one you’re much more likely to have difficulty overcoming your PTSD. Find a qualified PTSD therapist who can help you evaluate your success and guide you along this difficult journey. Look for support groups and people in your life whom you can talk to and count on for support. Also, learn and practice tactics of self-care to use when traumatic feelings begin to arise. Keep the momentum going Once you begin PTSD treatment, it’s crucial to keep the momentum going and stay on track. Even when you begin to feel better, don’t let up on your treatment. Beating PTSD isn’t a quick fix and you most likely will need to stay mindful of your condition for years to come. Continue with group support systems and stick with the strategy you set in place. Remember, consistency is key. Research It’s easy to get stagnate during healing which may lead to a relapse. Continue your education and learn new tactics to add to your strategy. Read up on blogs about PTSD and open up to new people about your experience. Keep recovery upbeat and use this time to discover a new strategy like yoga, meditation or a new passion. Overcome obstacles You will face obstacles during the healing process – this is a fact. It doesn’t matter what obstacles you face or how often they occur, what matters is how you respond to them. This is the time to lean on those support systems you’ve established and ask them for help. If feelings or anxiety and depression from PTSD become overbearing, call your therapist right away. It’s always much easier to face battles with others by your side than on your own. The PTSD counselors and therapists at Gateway Counseling Center proudly provide therapy for victims of trauma and those suffering from PTSD in Boynton Beach. Call us today to schedule a free consultation session at 561-468-6464 and learn how we can help you.