Living with PTSD

Its so easy for people to judge you and comment on your character without knowing the truth. As rightly said, its an inbuilt bullying nature to target the weaklings and keep shooting bullets of fierce statements. But neither is one entitled to give personal justifications to people nor are they entitled to know the personal life without consent.

Everyone is fighting a battle, you have no idea about, so stop judging people before its too late to repent.

Today I am going to discuss about a horrible mental disorder called PTSD. Many of us are fighting with it daily. Many have lost the battle in it. Many of us are unaware of existence of such a thing. PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Okay sounds very clinical. Let me break this down further.

Sometimes you come across some sudden events in life that completely breaks you down. Something totally unexpected, when you are not even aware of it to the tiniest. Something like an accident, disease, break-up, loss of loved ones etc.

Sometimes the events are slow and gradual, like mediocre life, lack of success in spite on consistent efforts, feeling of hopelessness, pressure at work life, feeling of inadequacy, cheat and deceit by trusted ones, loss of confidence etc.

People going through PTSD needs to either self heal or someone has to help in healing. Its a state of mind when you really don’t want to communicate or socialize. They prefer to stay in their own shell. They find their own happiness with small achievements. That phase of their life is the most difficult time wherein they are constantly compared with the normal lot in the society. They are accused of their involuntary reflexes. They are judged and verbally annihilated for being an isolated being. Only if they are approached with the right attitude, will they open up. PTSD can either last for a short period or may remain chronic for a while. But under the right people and the right kind of cognitive treatment, they can be turned back to normal.

Some of the most frequent hardships that people with PTSD go through is anxiety disorders.

Excessive worrying :- The worrying associated with anxiety disorders is disproportionate to the events that trigger it and typically occurs in response to normal, everyday situations.To be considered a sign of generalized anxiety disorder, the worrying must occur on most days for at least six months and be difficult to control.The worrying must also be severe and intrusive, making it difficult to concentrate and accomplish daily tasks.People under the age of 65 are at the highest risk of generalized anxiety disorder, especially those who are single, have a lower socioeconomic status and have many life stressors

Feeling Agitated :- When someone is feeling anxious, part of their sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. This kicks off a cascade of effects throughout the body, such as a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands and dry mouth.

Restlessness :- When someone is experiencing restlessness, they often describe it as feeling “on edge” or having an “uncomfortable urge to move.” While restlessness does not occur in all people with anxiety, it is one of the red flags doctors frequently look for when making a diagnosis.

Fatigue :- Becoming easily fatigued is another potential symptom. This symptom can be surprising to some, as anxiety is commonly associated with hyperactivity or arousal. For some, fatigue can follow an anxiety attack, while for others, the fatigue can be chronic.

Panic Attacks :- Panic attacks produce an intense, overwhelming sensation of fear that can be debilitating. Panic attacks can happen in isolation, but if they occur frequently and unexpectedly, they may be a sign of panic disorder.

Avoiding Social Situations :- You may be exhibiting signs of social anxiety disorder if you find yourself like Feeling anxious or fearful about upcoming social situations, Worried that you may be judged or scrutinized by others, Fearful of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of others, Avoiding certain social events because of these fears. Becoming easily fatigued is another potential symptom. This symptom can be surprising to some, as anxiety is commonly associated with hyperactivity or arousal. For some, fatigue can follow an anxiety attack, while for others, the fatigue can be chronic. People with social anxiety may appear extremely shy and quiet in groups or when meeting new people. While they may not appear distressed on the outside, inside they feel extreme fear and anxiety. This aloofness can sometimes make people with social anxiety appear snobby or standoffish, but the disorder is associated with low self-esteem, high self-criticism and depression.

Irrational Fears:- Extreme fears about specific things, such as spiders, enclosed spaces or heights, could be a sign of a phobia. A phobia is defined as extreme anxiety or fear about a specific object or situation. The feeling is severe enough that it interferes with your ability to function normally.

Some common phobias include:

Animal phobias: Fear of specific animals or insects
Natural environment phobias: Fear of natural events like hurricanes or floods
Blood-injection-injury phobias: Fear of blood, injections, needles or injuries
Situational phobias: Fear of certain situations like an airplane or elevator ride

Agoraphobia is another phobia that involves fear of at least two of the following:

Using public transportation
Being in open spaces
Being in enclosed spaces
Standing in line or being in a crowd
Being outside of the home alone

How do you deal with someone going through PTSD ?

  1. Be as polite as possible with them and do not raise your voice or throw sarcasms.
  2. If you observe a pattern in their response, accept it instead of questioning it.
  3. If possible make them feel adequate and get their inner confidence to stand up and fight.
  4. Stop comparing their life with others either positively or negatively.
  5. Try to keep them happy and encouraged if you can.
  6. Let them be in their own narrow lane until they are strong enough to hit the highway.

In short, let them be them, while you be what you are. Personalities like Whoopee Goldberg, Mick Jagger, Ariana Grande, Barbra Streisand, etc have all either dealt or are still dealing with PTSD. So never misjudge someone suffering.

Love All, Peace. !!!

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