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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.
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.
… 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.