What is PTSD?

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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event. This disorder can have a profound impact on an individual’s daily life, affecting their ability to function and cope with the aftermath of the traumatic experience. The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating, as they may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the triggering event.

It’s important to recognize that PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, regardless of their age, gender, or background. The effects of PTSD can be long-lasting and may interfere with various aspects of a person’s life, such as work, relationships, and overall well-being.

Seeking professional help is crucial for individuals who believe they may be struggling with this condition. With the appropriate support and treatment, individuals with PTSD can work towards managing their symptoms and regaining a sense of control over their lives. Additionally, offering support and understanding to loved ones who may be experiencing PTSD is essential in helping them navigate through this challenging time.

If you or someone you know is dealing with the effects of PTSD, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional or counselor who can provide guidance, support, and effective treatment options. Opening up about the struggles associated with PTSD and seeking help is a courageous step towards healing and recovery.

Supporting someone with PTSD is incredibly important, and there are several ways to offer help and understanding. Here are some ways to support someone with PTSD:

  • Be Patient and Understanding: PTSD can be a complex and challenging condition, so it’s important to be patient and understanding. Avoid pressuring the individual to talk about their experiences or to “get over it” quickly.
  • Listen Without Judgment: Offer a listening ear without judgment. Let the person share their feelings and experiences at their own pace. Avoid minimizing their emotions or experiences.
  • Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about PTSD. Understanding the symptoms and triggers can help you provide better support.
  • Encourage Professional Help: Encourage the individual to seek professional help from a mental health professional or counselor. Offer to help them find resources or accompany them to appointments if they feel comfortable.
  • Respect Triggers: Be mindful of potential triggers and respect the person’s boundaries. Avoid exposing them to situations or content that may trigger their symptoms.
  • Offer Practical Support: Offer practical help with day-to-day tasks if needed. This could involve providing rides to appointments, helping with household chores, or assisting with childcare.
  • Show Empathy and Validation: Validate the person’s feelings and experiences. Express empathy and let them know that their emotions are valid.

Remember that supporting someone with PTSD can be demanding, so it’s essential to also take care of yourself and seek support if needed. Your support can make a significant difference in the life of someone with PTSD.

Dr. Kre Johnson is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the sole owner of Brownstone Healthcare and Aesthetics. She is the Medical Director of the City of Birmingham’s Employee Health Clinic-Brownstone BWell Birmingham. She is the Event Producer of Wifeology and the founder of Three Twenty Girls, Inc. She loves God, traveling, and all things Southern!!
Brownstone BWell: Brownstone Healthcare has partnered with the City of Birmingham to offer primary care services to the employees of the City of Birmingham for $0 copayment. This partnership is for preventative services & screenings and sick visits. We partner with your current primary care physician and our goal is to keep you out of the ER and urgent care. We do not share your information with the City of Birmingham. We uphold HIPPA and professional standards. You can visit us at our downtown location 1700 5th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203 or Trussville: 4643 Camp Coleman Road #117 Trussville, AL 35173 205-202-5650 call for your appointment today.

Dr. Ankrehah Trimble Johnson aka "Dr Kre"


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