If you’re new to Coming Back Home – welcome, and thank you for joining us!
If you’re looking for something in specific, here’s a handy guide for where to find it.
If you want to know where PTSD comes from – basically, PTSD is threat-response reflex that has gone into overdrive and doesn’t have an ‘off’ switch. To learn more about this reflex, start here. Then, go here. Then, read this. Then, there’s this. (Maybe don’t try to read them all in one go – it’s a fair bit of information…) These articles will give you some basic background on how the reflex operates.
If you want to know the specific symptoms caused by this reflex – here’s a post on the physical symptoms; one on the emotional symptoms; and one on how your threat-response reflex messes with your thinking.
Are you having trouble sleeping? Here’s some quick tips on how to try to get some sleep; what to do if you can’t sleep; and how to cope with nightmares.
If you want to know how to deal with specific triggers, here’s information on fireworks, as well as thunderstorms. For some general tips on how to calm yourself when you feel triggered, try this. For coping with trauma anniversaries, go here.
I’ve got a couple of posts on panic, here and here.
If you’re struggling with depression, you might find it helpful to read this, this, and this.
I’m a big believer in using relaxation. Here’s why. Here’s one idea for how. Here’s another. If both of these seem out of reach, here‘s a post that you might find helpful.
… And of course, please feel more than welcome to explore all of the other posts for information that you might find helpful, too. But, I think that ought to get you started.
If there’s anything else you think I should bookmark on this page, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to add it.
Thanks for reading!
~ Dr. Dee Rajska, C. Psych.
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Fine print: Reading this blog is a good start, but if you’re having a hard time, it’s no substitute for getting actual help (like, therapy). It takes a different kind of courage to admit to yourself that you’re struggling, and to seek help. PTSD is not a sign of failure – it’s a sign that you’ve been through a lot, and have tried to stay strong for too long. If you need help – you’re in some pretty great company. Reach out, and give yourself a chance to feel better.
Really fine print: Unless otherwise noted, all original photography on Coming Back Home is copyrighted. The photo gracing today’s post was taken by Murray Chappell, and I’d like to thank him for generously allowing me to use his work. Please do not copy photographs from Coming Back Home without permission.
3 thoughts on “=> Start here”
Loved your article on the freeze response! I am a goldfish.
Will you please consider adding the ‘here is an article for the spouse or loved one of someone with PTSD to this page? This is a whole new world that we are just now figuring out. It’s overwhelming, scary, sad, and stressful…but I just read the article I’m talking about and it was like I personally wrote parts of it. The other stuff written…I had little to no idea and it was eye opening. It may be a good first thing to send a spouse. Thank you for this blog and all the wonderful information. Your not kidding…it’s a lot to read all at once! I should have listened, but I just want to learn more.