Happy Veterans Day, y'all!! I'm proud to have served in the United States Navy. I honor and thank every one of you who has served, as well as those who are part of a military family.
So, since it's Veterans Day and when most people think of military and mental illness, they think PTSD, I think it's only right for us to talk about PTSD today. I'm not talking specifically about PTSD as a result of war, just PTSD in general.
What is PTSD? PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's defined as "a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event." People who suffer with PTSD may have flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and unwanted (intrusive) thoughts. They may be hostile, hypervigilant, or emotionally detached. Of course everyone is different.
Ummm..... I think most of us have experienced or witnessed a terrifying event, right? But just having the experience doesn't mean you have or will have PTSD. It's a little more to it.
Let me throw this little disclaimer in right here. I am NOT a doctor, psychiatrist, social worker, counselor, or any other kind of mental health professional. I can't diagnose you and I don't recommend you try to diagnose yourself. My goal is to inform you and let you know that it's okay and you're not alone. I can only tell you what I've learned throughout my journey and share what has helped me. If you have any signs or symptoms, or you think you may have PTSD or any other mental illness. I highly suggest you talk to a doctor or a counselor.
If you have PTSD, it's important to understand your triggers and have a plan of action in place for when you feel triggered. Learn what coping skills work for you. I like to write all of it out periodically and keep it in my planner. Why do it often? Because I'm constantly learning new things about myself. My triggers change and I learn new coping skills. Oh... and because I like stickers and creating new pages.
Recently, I did this exercise live on YouTube. I didn't create my own plan, and it's not just for PTSD. I let my subscribers help me create a general plan that can be used for any mental condition, including just general stress. This is just a guide so that you can create your own. Check it out:
Y'all, again I want to say Happy Veterans Day and a big THANK YOU to all who have served.