Caregivers suffering from PTSD is real and serious problem. Last week, we talked about the anguish involved with caregiver stress, but more research has shown that the stress remains long after the caregiving is done.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder brought on by a traumatic experience. Although this is most commonly tied to war veterans, PTSD also affects those who have undergone abuse, violence, accidents or survived a natural disaster. In short, anyone who has suffered a trauma is at risk of developing PTSD.
Yes, for many people. It’s not simply physically exhausting, but emotionally, mentally, and financially draining as well. This is especially true for adult children who take care of parents with dementia or a severe disability. Many of them feel an extreme amount of pressure and guilt to provide care, but feel powerless to stop the debilitating condition of their parents.
The symptoms of this anxiety disorder are manifold and some people may experience a few or all of them.
The scary part about PTSD is that it can lead to suicide and that’s why it’s all the more important to be wary of what’s happening to you or your loved one. Everyone handles death differently, but if someone appears to be suffering some of the symptoms of post traumatic stress, then it’s time to get help.
In most cases, the best way to treat PTSD is with therapy. Depending on the caregivers situation, that might mean private, group or family therapy sessions. Some other helpful remedies include meditation, physical therapy (massages), and EMDR (or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Some doctors may also recommend alternative treatments like acupuncturists, chiropractors, and Reiki masters.
Ultimately though, the best way to treat PTSD is to recognize the symptoms and exercise self-awareness. You may not be okay and it’s more than okay to reach out. Remember that “self-care” should always come first.
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