Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when an event so emotionally damaging happens to a person and prevents them from completely recovering from the situation mentally. In many cases, living with PTSD may become unbearable because the symptoms often worsen over time if left untreated. There are, however, several methods for coping with PTSD that may help a sufferer manage his or her distress and eventually overcome PSTD. The best coping methods typically involve acknowledging PTSD and the event that caused it, seeking the comfort of others, using stress relief tactics, seeking professional help, and using medications.
Several mental health practitioners recommend that people suffering from PTSD first acknowledge and learn to accept the traumatic event that happened to them. Coping with PTSD is much like learning to cope with many other issues people face in that the first step a person must take is to admit it exists and open up about it. This helps the person realize that the PTSD is something that can be dealt with and overcome.
Perhaps one of the best ways to help people coping with PTSD is to seek out others. This may mean having a trusted friend or family member to confide in or a support group of other people suffering from PTSD. Having a person or group of people to confide in may help remove some feelings of isolation that many sufferers of PTSD feel. A support system can also help to remind those with severe PTSD symptoms, such as flashbacks, of their current surroundings and provide feelings of safety and security. Being able to share anxieties and problems faced by people who are living with PTSD tends to help the person overcome the disorder faster.
Some mental health practitioners recommend people who are coping with PTSD to partake in stress relieving and relaxing activities. These may range from yoga, meditation, walking, reading or anything that the person finds enjoyable and distracting. It is further recommended that some activities, such as meditation or reading, be done in small amounts at the beginning because the person’s mind may wander to thoughts that trigger PTSD symptoms. Activities like walking and listening to music are said to be the best pastimes to try both alone and with another person.
Coping with PTSD without any professional help is typically not recommended, especially for those with a severe case of the disorder. Seeking a mental health practitioner is generally recommended. He or she may be able to discuss different methods of treating PTSD that may suit each particular need. In some cases, the professional may be able to provide medication if necessary to help ease symptoms such as anger, anxiety and insomnia.