Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD. AAPPP EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL. What is PTSD?. PTSD is a DISORDER. It results from TRAUMA. Either from a single event or a series of events in a person’s life.
PTSD is a DISORDER. It results from TRAUMA. Either from a single event or a series of events in a person’s life.
It’s not a WEAKNESS. It’s your body sending the message: “I don’t know how to deal with what’s happened to me.”
Any one can suffer from PTSD.
There is historical precedent.
"And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me. Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.” Job 30:16-17
What’s this got to do with me?
How many U.S. war veterans commit suicide each week?
Here’s one family’s tribute to their son who committed suicide.
Note: All the videos present stories of National Guard soldiers.
If 16-18% of returning troops suffer from PTSD, then hundreds of National Guardsmen
returning this winter will have PTSD.
The difference between them and regular Army troops is significant.
Regular army soldiers will return to military bases and be with other soldiers.
Guardsmen will be DUMPED right back into the community.
They may literally be standing in a war zone today and be back working at the 7-11 tomorrow.
WHAT DOES PTSD LOOK LIKE?
WHO SUFFERS FROM PTSD?
The vast majority of homeless are vets suffering from PTSD or other personality disorders.
Victims of Natural Disasters
INCLUDING 1ST RESPONDERS
Research shows a lower incidence of PTSD in police and fire fighters than combat veterans
PTSD training before the event
Education and information is important
Jaycee Lee Dugard
Especially child victims of physical and emotional abuse
Anyone want to admit to being a victim?
Sexual or Physical Abuse
OFTEN SHOWS UP YEARS AFTER THE EVENT.
IN MARRIAGE BREAK UPS
When will PTSD from the Middle East War have the greatest impact on our society?
10-20 years from now
Medical Procedures (especially in kids)
PTSD victims are NOT weak
PTSD IS YOUR BODY TELLING YOU
“I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PROCESS WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ME”
Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft)
Benzodiazapine (psychoactive drugs)
Valium, Librium, Ambien
MAY START WITH YOU
WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS
BE AWARE OF TRIGGERS
DON’T CHALLENGE MEMORIES
LISTEN TO THE STORY – OVER AND OVER
WHEN THEY REACH OUT – LET YOUR FACE POP INTO THIR MINDS
DON’T SELL THE VALUE OF FAITH SHORT
WE ALL NEED SOMETHING TO HOLD ON TO
BESIDES WHO CAN FIX THE PROBLEM BETTER THAN THE GUY WHO DESIGNED THE MACHINE
What’s happening to you is normal
It’s partly physical
It’s your body saying “I don’t know how to process this”
I’m here – God is here
(Psalm 23) “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me…”
The valley is not infinite
You’ll come out on the other side
You have to walk through it BUT NOT ALONE
God walks right along with you – all the way to the other side
WHEN THEY REACH OUT – AND EVERYONE DOES (BUT NOT EVERYONE IS RECOGNIZED)
LET YOUR FACE POP INTO THEIR MINDS
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
JUST CARE - JUST BE THERE – JUST WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY WITH THEM
YOU’LL LEARN A LOT ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS