Article provided by: Deer Hollow Recovery
There is a misconception about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that it is only associated with those who have served in the military, particularly in combat. This is because PTSD has become more well-known thanks to news reports and television shows depicting soldiers who have returned from duty with PTSD.
What is PTSD?
But the reality of it is that PTSD derives from its namesake: a traumatic event. PTSD is typically diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least a month or so in the wake of a traumatic event. It is also possible that symptoms may not show up for several months or even years after the fact.
The symptoms for PTSD are important to rpay attention to.
Three main symptoms generally characterize PTSD:
- Avoidance of people, places, and activities that remind the person of the trauma as well as emotional numbness.
- Re-living the trauma through distressing recollections of the event, nightmares, and flashbacks.
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping, feeling easily irritated and angered, or feeling jumpy
What makes this so prevalent in soldiers is that PTSD is typically derived from the experience or witnessing of actual or threatened death or serious injury.
Finding the right treatment option is an essential first step towards living with and successfully dealing with this disorder.
Where in Utah can I find treatment for PTSD?
Deer Hollow Recovery & Wellness Centers is one of the premier centers in Utah for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health issue (this includes PTSD).
Mental health, in general, is something that we are just beginning to learn more about as we learn the vastness of the human brain. Mental health was once a taboo term, used to describe someone who was seen as weak or mentally less-than.
That is no longer the case. Our brains are sophisticated vessels, and we know very little about them on the whole. We are just beginning to understand the effects that events have on our minds, leading to the discovery of ailments like PTSD.
Our staff is dedicated to quality care.
Our staff is expertly trained and has the experience and compassion to aid those struggling with PTSD. We teach self-acceptance, closure to trauma wounds through psychodrama, and shame resiliency because one of the most essential steps to recovery is not only accepting that there is an issue but telling yourself that in no way does it make you weak or less-than.
We also make use of meditation and mindfulness. Finding a way to cope with those stresses and emotions that have plagued us can be a challenging endeavor. We teach that it is crucial to pause to find a way to center those thoughts instead of numbing or running away from those emotions. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through breath work and learning body sensations helps you to gain control over your heart rate and to steady your emotions.
Our staff works diligently to give those who have PTSD and other mental health issues the tools they need to cope and to deal with the stress and emotions from those afflictions. We know that living we these issues is a constant battle and we aim to prepare you as best we can to combat that.