So what kinds of trauma exposure can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?  It could involve directly experiencing a traumatic event or witnessing it happen to others.  You may have learned of a traumatic event happening to a close friend or family member, or be repeatedly exposed to aversive details of traumatic events.  There is something about the exposure that stays with you, affecting your ability to be with others, do school, your job, or feel comfortable within yourself.

 

The diagnosis of PTSD, anxiety or depression can often be accompanies by difficulties sleeping.  An overactive mind combined with a supercharged central nervous system can make sleep a highly sought after commodity.  Without proper rest, our mental functions (memory, focus, attention) and mood can be further compromised.

 

12 Strategies for Loving Someone with PTSDDownload                                                                                             
Experiencing or witnessing traumatic events can have profound effects on one’s life.  Some changes are predictable, while others might come as a surprise.  Sometimes, knowing what to expect isn’t enough.  Knowing how to respond effectively is critical.  We have compiled a list of suggestions that we hope you will find helpful in supporting someone you love who may have PTSD.                                                                                

The holidays can be a time of increased stress, with pressure to go out or participate in festivities.  It can present a challenge in terms of keeping on track with recovery.  This resource outlines some steps you can take to make this holiday season a successful one.