Treating PTSD and The Obstacles You Will Be Facing
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and treating PTSD, by its very nature, is complex. When you have crossed a certain threshold, where you would have sufficient resilience to gravitate back to health after trauma, your condition becomes toxic to body and mind.
PTSD is that psychosomatic toxicity. When you are stretched too much, you snap, resulting in a variety of signs and symptoms that can be very persistent even while going through treatment for PTSD.
Symptoms depend on the amount of ordeal that you have already gone through, but the most common ones are going from a low to a high into a freeze response. Basically, this is where your nervous system still continues to live through the upsetting event or periods that have set off the post-trauma condition in the first place.
The Highs and the Lows of Treating PTSD and Its Symptoms
Your low will be marked by depression, lethargy, thoughts, and feeling of suicide, unworthiness; and your high will be marked by anxiety, hyper-vigilance, digestive issues, mistrust, anger, and so forth. When the high goes into overdrive at some point dissociation or a freeze response will likely kick-in making you feel numb, disconnected, and indifferent.
All these different signs and symptoms of PTSD will repeat themselves cyclically and most often will be infused with memories, possibly without specific relation to the past but projected and reenacted within one’s current life situation and/or relationships.
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Effectively treating PTSD is challenging, both for the client and therapist. It is delicate and persistent work where vulnerability and boundaries have to be repeatedly, renegotiated and explored. As most PTSD sufferers have strong ties to patterns that have been initiated in childhood, often related to neglect and abuse, so the complexity in addressing the various signs and symptoms increases.
Choosing the Right Helper in Treating PTSD
It takes experience and insight, on the part of the helper, to safely guide the PTSD sufferer through the minefield of the ‘hurt’ body and mind. Knowledge and education are certainly essential for the professional, but the cornerstone of having success is in being accustomed to holding the psychological space in the present without deviation and having thoroughly put their own personal house in order.
Trust and reentering relationship, are big issues for the PTSD sufferer. Considering the variety of signs and symptoms of PTSD that there are, this makes a lot of sense. Your vulnerability and sense of safety and control are very likely to have been already compromised. Albeit, to a certain degree, hence the onset of your post-trauma condition.
It’s imperative therefore that you choose wisely; feel doubtful throughout, taking your time; read and investigate what the best approaches are before you start treatment of PTSD.
How is treating your PTSD going for you so far? Leave your comments below.