Weekly Wellness: Mental Health Month focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

4 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, May 31 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:15:00 AM CDT May 31, 2016 in News
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach

COLUMBIA - I think many of us immediately think of the military when we hear someone referring to PTSD. We have heard this term used with so many returning from war (and understandably so). However, it's not just our soldiers who can experience PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

Anyone who was a victim, witnessed or has been exposed to a life-threatening situation and/or survivors of violent acts, such as domestic violence, rape, sexual, physical and/or verbal abuse or physical attacks can experience PTSD.

Survivors of unexpected dangerous events, such as a car accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack can experience PTSD.

Combat veterans or civilians exposed to war and/or emergency responders who help victims during traumatic events can experience PTSD.

Children who are neglected and/or abused (physically, sexually or verbally) can experience PTSD.

PTSD is a real problem and affects over 8.5 million American adults (3.5% of the adult population) in any given year.

For many people, symptoms begin almost immediately following the trauma that was experienced. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later. Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Repeatedly thinking about the trauma (i.e. nightmares or flashbacks)
  • Being constantly alert or on guard (i.e. easily startled or angered, irritable or anxious and preoccupied with staying safe)
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Physical problems (i.e. constipation, diarrhea, rapid breathing, muscle tension or, headaches, rapid heart rate)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma (i.e. avoiding the people, places associated with the experience)
  • Feeling emotionally numb, detached from friends and family, and lose interest in activities
  • Panic attacks
  • Feelings of mistrust
  • Problems in daily living (i.e. problems functioning on the job, at school, or in social situations)
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship problems (i.e.problems with intimacy, or feeling detached from family and friends)
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

PTSD can be treated with success.  Treatment and support are critical to recovery. The following treatments are used to successfully treat PTSD:

Psychotherapy with a mental health professional can help immensely. There are different types of therapy that can be used:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: helps you change the thought patterns that keep you from overcoming your anxiety.

Exposure Therapy: helps you to confront the memories and situations that cause your distress.

Cognitive Processing Therapy: helps you process your emotions about the traumatic event and learn how to challenge your thinking patterns.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: focuses on identifying current life situations that set off traumatic memories and worsen PTSD symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: your mental health professional will lead you through an activity where you think about the trauma while the therapist waves a hand or baton in front of you.  You follow the movements with your eyes. This helps your brain process your memories and reduce your negative feelings about the memories.

Couples Counseling & Family Therapy: helps couples and family members understand each other.

Other forms of treatment include medications (under the supervision of a physician) and support groups.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be experiencing PTSD, you are not alone. Please contact a physician or mental health professional for assistance.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Although standardized testing will not be a requirement for admission to the UM System this year, some local... More >>
51 minutes ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:02:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After a Board of Education meeting earlier this week, Columbia Public Schools will still give families the choice... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:45:14 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Police have arrested 39-year old Justin Spence, of Columbia, in connection with a burglary that occurred early Tuesday... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:08:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission approved $1.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money (CARES Act) for the health department... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:54:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Water supply district number 1 is under a precautionary boil advisory because of low water pressure. There... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:04:04 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
Editor's note: This op-ed is a collaboration between the mental health doctors in the United States from the National Network... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:39:57 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - After school programs have to make adjustments because of the Columbia school board’s vote to delay the start... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:31:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Monday crash in Jefferson City damaged three parked vehicles and injured the driver. Curtis Murrell... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:18:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 confirmed on the scene of the incident a man was shot on Tuesday at the Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:22:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia mayor Brian Treece called on college students to make smart choices when returning to campus. "I... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:58:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou superfan Brian Garner has accumulated hundreds of coaches and players' signatures on his prosthetic leg. He hasn't... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:45:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The news conference is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., according to Trump. More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:26:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Public school administrators discussed, Tuesday afternoon, the district's reopening plans, as student prepare for the start of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — In a new briefing Tuesday afternoon, Columbia police asked the public for information on two separate early-morning incidents.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The parking lot at Tolton Catholic High School will fill up two weeks before Columbia Public Schools. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, published at 4:40 p.m. ET] The Pac-12 Conference CEO Group unanimously voted Tuesday to... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:34:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
8pm 82°
9pm 80°
10pm 79°
11pm 77°