Is PTSD a Death Sentence? (Explanation of a Psychologist)

By 10/24/2018PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that people such as veterans develop after experiencing life-threating events or severe trauma. PTSD in soldiers of Iraq, Vietnam and the World War II, were majorly due to warzone-related stressors like witnessing the death of their colleagues, being ambushed, and severe wounds inflicted by explosives. People with PTSD usually seek help in hospitals and support groups, and these places present some likely scenarios to meet individuals with PTSD. PTSD intervention requires the collective effort of family, friends, and psychologists if notable changes were to be realized.

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Community support groups provide people with PTSD a platform where they can share experiences, learn from others and help them connect with those with similar experiences. In addition to that, community-based clinics provide the needed therapy by telemental health or by referral to various community clinicians. As a psychologist, I should be prepared to provide social support, be a good listener, anticipate and help people with PTSD to manage triggers.

Sometimes it can be tough for PTSD patients to open up about their traumatic experiences; in such a scenario, we should not pressure our loved ones into talking. In fact, we should let them take the lead instead of always telling them what to do. Anyway, some given ptsd case of medical treatment and therapy is really successful but another demonstrates the sadness of failed mental recovery. Thus, its intervention should be conducted with due diligence.

Often people with severe PTSD tend to be suicidal especially when confronted with situations that they believe to be inescapable, intolerable, and interminable. For instance, the pain of losing a loved one is inevitable and can be so severe and prolonged to the extent of causing a neurobiological and psychological breakdown. More importantly, the pain can be unbearable that the client sees suicide as the only relief.

Further, there are numerous myths about suicide some of which I was not aware until the crisis intervention forum. For example, I did not know that discussing suicide with depressed people might give them the idea of committing suicide. I was not also aware that people who often threaten suicide do not do it and that the tendency to commit suicide can be inherited. These myths can stand in the way of assisting suicidal clients, and it is by disregarding them that the psychologist can identify those at risk and thus providing the necessary assistance. As can be seen, PTSD is a very sensitive issue.

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