Time to address the myths and learn more about this diagnosable and treatable illness
HAGAMAN, NY – There are many myths and misunderstandings about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). PTSD Awareness Month is an opportune time to understand the signs and symptoms, to dispel common myths and stigma associated with PTSD, and to learn what support and assistance is available.
While combat Veterans are often the first people we think of in association with PTSD, anyone who has been through a serious traumatic event can develop post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can develop after a single, highly stressful, frightening or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience. About 1 in 3 people who experience severe trauma develop PTSD, and it is not fully understood why some develop the condition while others do not.
We all face daily stressors, such as looming deadlines at work, the car breaking down, paying bills, etc. Many of us have also faced more serious or consequential life events, including marriage/divorce, buying a new home and even losing a job. While these events can affect people differently, they are not a root cause of PTSD. A serious traumatic event is the one trait all PTSD sufferers have in common.
In addition to war zone exposure, triggering events can include physical or sexual assault; abuse, (including childhood or domestic abuse; serious accidents; natural or man-made disasters (such as a terrorist attack); and serious illnesses or medical problems.
Symptoms of those afflicted with PTSD can include nightmares, trouble focusing on tasks, insomnia, guilt, isolation, and a tendency to avoid things that remind them of the traumatic event (which can include smells, sounds and other triggers). These symptoms can lead those with PTSD to feel misunderstood, and even afraid to tell others what’s happening because they don’t want to be treated differently. They don’t want sympathy, but they do need treatment and support to help them overcome their symptoms. Telling someone with PTSD to ‘get over it’ doesn’t help; offering to connect them to some of the many available resources does.
For veterans, the resources available to learn more about PTSD are numerous, including DAV (Disabled American Veterans), PsychArmor Institute, the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Non-veterans can learn more at Faces of PTSD and the PTSD Alliance online. These sites describe the symptoms and, most important, can show those with PTSD and their families how and where to find support.
“We understand what it takes to support those who need help after a serious traumatic event. We focus on finding the best match between caregiver and client, and then providing the care that’s suitable for the individual recovering from PTSD,” said Home Helpers of Amsterdam owner Ramon Rodriguez. “We can also be of help to family caregivers, should they need a break. We can provide transportation services to medical appointments, run errands, or just be there so the caregiver can enjoy a day out.”
People often think of home care services and support for the physically disabled, or for senior citizens. But in life, mental trauma that is difficult to overcome can result from a variety of situations or occasions. “With a little help from a certified health aide, along with proper medical care, an individual with PTSD can cope, heal and recover,” said Ramon. They can once again function and live as healthy, productive members in society.
“Asking for help is the bravest step anyone with PTSD can take,” Rodriguez said. “Our services accommodate individuals with PTSD and provide peace of mind for their families.”
For more information on Home Helpers & Direct Link of Amsterdam, please contact Ramon Rodriguez at (518) 842-5626, or visit www.HomeHelpersHomeCare.com/amsterdam and schedule a free consultation. You can also visit Home Helpers in person at 58 N. Pawling St, Hagaman, NY.
Retrieved from The Leader Herald July 5, 2019.