PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms.
Re-experiencing. Some PTSD sufferers relive the traumatic event over and over. This can be in the form of bad memories, nightmares and flashbacks. Sights, sounds and smells can trigger re-experiencing the event.
Avoidance. Sometimes people with PTSD avoid the people, places and events that remind them of what happened.
Numbing. Symptoms of numbing include trouble expressing emotions, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, and the loss of memory of parts of the traumatic event.
Arousal. Anger, irritability, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, feeling on guard and being easily startled or surprised are common arousal symptoms.
The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching. Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon.
How Can I Help my Friend or Relative with PTSD?
Learn everything you can about PTSD so you have a good idea what your friend is going through.
Offer to go to doctor visits with your friend. Help keep track of medications and therapy. If your friend is learning new techniques to cope with stress, ask if there is any way you can help.
Be available to listen, but be understanding if your friend doesn’t want to talk. Listen with an open heart. Don’t judge, argue or problem-solve. Listen with compassion.
Plan fun activities together. Be aware of events or environments that are difficult and plan events to be as stress-free as possible.
Encourage your friend to get support from family and other friends.
Pay attention to any comments about hurting herself and report them to her therapist or doctor.
Sometimes supporting someone with PTSD is challenging. Get support for yourself so you are able to help your loved one. Seek safety and help immediately if your friend or relative becomes violent or threatening.
Acupuncture for PTSD
Many patients with PTSD respond very well to acupuncture. The patients are treated using the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, which is a series of 5 needles placed in one ear. The program is designed to address all the needs of people with PTSD. A typical treatment will last about 30 minutes. An herbal formula may also be recommended as part of the treatment process. Mike Worley, L.A.c. has experience treating those dealing with PTSD and can help you or a loved one. Call our office today for a consultation, 951-698-7977.