• June is National PTSD Awareness Month

    June is National PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) Awareness Month. It is estimated that 6 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their life. PTSD affects those who have experienced a real or perceived danger. These dangers can be physical or emotional in nature and not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can at times feel debilitating and get in the way of daily life and relationships. Some symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, changes in mood, memory problems, hyper vigilance, and irritability.

    PTSD can present itself at any age and as mentioned above is related to exposure to trauma. There are some risk factors that increase the chance of developing PTSD including having past experiences of trauma. PTSD symptoms may present themselves at times when there isn’t crisis or danger, a “false alarm” set off by a trauma reminder, may send you into “fight or flight mode.”

    Here at MSC we want to validate your experiences and support you in getting the support and care you need. By nature of being human we will all experience a trauma/traumas in our life, this may not always lead to PTSD however all experiences are valid and everyone deserves a space to process and work through these difficult experiences. Tips for managing PTSD symptoms include practicing mindfulness- using deep breathing or 5 sense grounding to stay in the present moment, connecting with others whether it be your immediate support system or participating in a support group with there who live with PTSD. Please see below from some resources including a how to on deep breathing and 5 sense grounding.

    https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/helping-someone-with-ptsd.htm#support

    https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTHLIBRARY/docs/Script-Mindful-Breathing.pdf

    5 sense grounding:

    1. Acknowledge 5 things you can see around you, notice the color, shape, etc.
    2. Acknowledge 4 things you can touch around you, sense into the texture, the temperature, etc.
    3. Acknowledge 3 things you can hear. These can be sound you are hearing externally or internally.
    4. Acknowledge 2 things you can smell (the smell of shampoo on on your hair or a candle sitting next to you)
    5. Acknowledge 1 thing you can taste.

    This technique can support you in staying present in the moment and shifting focus away from anxious thoughts.

    Created by: MSC

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