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