Recently I have been feeling down, do you have any advice for me?
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Thanks! I've been practicing a lot recently.
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Whenever I think of the car crash, my body starts shivering and I fell out of breath.
Does anything happen when you are reminded of your trauma?
Whenever that happens, take deep breaths and focus on what is in front you now.
Create a support network. A support network is a network of family, friends and peers. They can help when dealing with stressful times as the can offer a helping hand and give advice. This panel shows how when the teenager is feeling down, he asks his friends for advice. They respond by giving the helpful phone numbers of reliable organisations that understand and know how to help others deal with trauma.
I can't even walk into a car. I'm too afraid to go through another crash.
How about this. You first try entering a car with someone you know. Just entering the car will be enough for this week.
Mayo clinic says that there is evidence that a social network can enhance self-esteem, promote positive lifestyle behaviours and promotes lifelong good mental health. Because of all the evidence, they highly recommends building a strong social network. In this case, his social support network has brought him to do good lifestyle habits, such as exercising. If not for his friends, he may have isolated himself leaving his health to suffer, another symptom of PTSD.
I was isolating myself in my room until a friend recommended me to exercise. I fell so much better now!
You seem to be in a better mood, did anything good happen recently?
Another method for dealing with PTSD is by talking to a therapist. Therapist are great not only because they are high trained professionals with lots of experience but also because therapy teaches the person skills to manage their trauma. The skills they teach will also be useful in the long run, long after the therapy. This panel shows the patient being taught different techniques to manage their trauma.
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But most importantly, they will help the patient face their own fears. Having the patient facing their fears will have life long effects, even relieving the patient of their trauma as a common symptom of PTSD is avoidance. The most common type of therapy is EBT. This is therapy that is based evidence from peer reviewed papers. Above is an example of a therapist slowly exposing their patient to their trauma. Overtime, the patient will overcome their past trauma.
Finally, the last method of coping with PTSD is by exercising. Exercising released endorphins that improves your mood. Another reason for exercising is how easy it is to do. It could just be doing push ups in your room or just walking about the block. Even doing simple exercises helps keeps the patient in shape.
Additionally, exercising will help build your support network. As stated previously, a support network has a variety of benefits. There is evidence from a research done by Ohio State University that exercise significantly reduces the symptoms of PTSD, improves sleep and lowering depression.