July is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) month. Did you know that anyone can suffer from a traumatic incident? PTSD is most often associated with soldiers or people who have suffered a natural disaster, but it is more common than we think. Anyone at any time can suffer from a trauma that may cause significant difficulties in everyday tasks. Some common signs you may be struggling with trauma responses are the inability to cope with day-to-day tasks, numbing emotions or refusing to deal with emotions around the trauma, being angry for no reason, using things like alcohol or drugs to stay numb, having flashbacks or intrusive thoughts, uncontrollable crying, isolating, making excuses to isolate, or withdrawing from things that used to be fun or relaxing. If you or someone you know has had an unusual event in their lives and you are noticing some of these signs in yourself or others, talking to your doctor and a counsellor about what you experienced would be beneficial for your overall emotional and mental health well-being. If an apple a day can keep the doctor away, then conversations with a counsellor may keep the blues away!
Kimberly Talmey RPC-C CCTCP Level 1 EFT Level 1