Suffering with Depression, PTSD or after effects of emotional trauma? Listen and get unstuck to love yourself again!


Listen as Co-Host Doug shares his journey from the depths of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) hell back to loving life again! Join Doug with a leading Psychologist specializing in Post traumatic stress disorder and depression as they help you understand what Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are and how to find help for yourself or your loved one! Most people can learn to manage emotions, use healthy coping, change behaviors and get unstuck to feel better and love yourself again!

What is trauma? Trauma may occur in a variety of ways, such as natural disasters, terrorism, abuse, neglect, accidents, illnesses, crime, and multiple losses of life within a short time period. When trauma occurs, individuals typically experience similar reactions to the loss of a loved one. Oftentimes, the response is shock, disbelief, and denial. Possibly, immediately, or sometime after, people may experience intense feelings of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and hopeful/hopelessness. These feelings may be accompanied by memories, images, and thoughts related to the event. As in the loss of a loved one, eventually, individuals grieve the losses related to the trauma and begin to recover over time.
In contrast, for others following trauma, symptoms may develop that become problematic, such as reliving the events, fears/phobias to reminders of the event, flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and being always on alert. There may be changes in how survivors view the world as unsafe and may develop trust issues. They may find themselves behaving in ways that are unfamiliar and odd. These symptoms indicate possible Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is similar to war veterans responding to a television news helicopter flying overhead as though the vet is on the battlefield and trying to take cover.
Another type of response to trauma is called dissociation, which comes in various forms, such as lapses in memory, not feeling real, having an out of body experience, dulling of sensory experiences, feeling emotionally/physically numb, and in extreme cases developing other identities.
Colin A. Ross, MD. refers to Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms as “a normal response to an abnormal situation.” When trauma survivors experience Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms, they tend to feel out of control and fear never being functional again.
There is hope. Through treatment with a trauma specialist, survivors can attain a new normal. Trauma treatment helps survivors learn how to cope, to appropriately express emotions (grieve), change thoughts/beliefs/behaviors, integrate the traumatic material, and move forward in their lives. There are evidence based interventions for the treatment of trauma, which made a difference in many survivors’ lives. Help is available.
RESOURCES
National Institute of Health PTSD: https://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=ptsd
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation: https://www.isst-d.org/default.asp

General information and “Find a therapist.”
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help
National Domestic Abuse Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/1-800-799-7233

American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx

Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400

Does someone you love suffer with Depression, PTSD or after effects of emotional trauma? Most people can learn to manage emotions, use healthy coping, change behaviors and get unstuck to feel better and love yourself again.

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This Saturday Co-Host Doug shares his journey from the depths of PTSD hell back to loving life again! Join Doug with a leading Psychologist specializing in PTSD and depression as they help you understand what PTSD and depression are and how to find help for yourself or your loved one!

If you would like to get control of your life or help your loved one regain control of theirs, deal with emotions or lack of emotions, stop behaviors that cause more problems, improve self-esteem, improve relationships, cope effectively, and stop harmful thoughts, join Doug and Kathy and our expert guest on The Senior Answer this Saturday morning at 11 on 100.7 FM KKHT Houston. No radio in the house? Listen to the live stream at www.senioranswer.org ! Do not miss this important program!!!!

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Depression and PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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For both the people who have these emotional disorders and their loved ones it can be devastating and can bring feelings of despair and hopelessness not only to the person with the disorder but to those who love them and feel helpless to improve the situation. On this program we not only talk about what these problems are but also that there truly is hope and with treatment it can get better! During the program your Co-Host Doug shares parts of his personal journey with PTSD and tries to help those with loved ones who are affected by PTSD understand it a little better and encourages those suffering to get help. Doug got help and it changed his life!

During this program we discuss, in some detail, about real events and real experiences that cause PTSD and what it really can be like suffering from this disorder.

For that reason, this might not be a program you want young children to listen to. Not because there will be bad words but because there are some things young children just don’t need to know about yet in their lives.

Topics in this program include;

  • What is “trauma” in the psychological sense?
  • What are the ‘Normal’ responses to trauma? grief/stages of loss
  • What are the primary symptoms of PTSD?
  • Why is the onset of PTSD symptoms often delayed?
  • What is meant by Triggers? stimuli/reminders of trauma
  • Avoidance: triggers/feelings
  • What are ways to worsen symptoms? not talk, not feel, avoid, pretend, and stuff it down.
  • Facing fears to heal: stimuli, feelings, and talking about the events.
  • Beliefs (self-blame, could have done something…) associated with trauma
  • Specific coping skills
  • Getting HELP!: Groups for grief/trauma recovery, social support, and medical/mental health providers

RESOURCES to find HELP!!!

 National Institute of Health PTSD: https://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=ptsd

General information and “Find a therapist.”

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation: https://www.isst-d.org/default.asp

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233

Help center offers information on trauma and “Find a Psychologist” American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx

“Find a Psychologist” Texas Psychological Association: http://www.texaspsyc.org/

Find a therapist by zip code/city Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/

Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400