How do you get over PTSD from a racially based hate crime?
Last Updated: 09/25/2015 at 6:13pm
Jackie Dross, M.S. Community Counseling
I have a passion for working with people from a non-judgmental, strengths based approach to meet their goals for personal growth.
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It is very difficult to "get over" PTSD and it is something that can be managed over time. I work with veterans who suffer PTSD due to a conflict and have knowledge of how PTSD can effect people. It has a very disabling effect and can cause anxiety, flashbacks and nightmares which are difficult to cope with. Perhaps getting some extra support from your GP or Community mental health team can help you develop better ways to move forward. It will be challenging but with time you your symptoms will get better and you will learn new ways of dealing with things.
I keep seeing a lot of these questions and to each question it's always the same answer. You heal the trauma. Unless there's something I'm missing here? You have to sit down and understand what happened, why it happened, own your feelings and accept what happened, happened. You don't have to like how things are, but you need to accept it occurred and make peace with it. It's simple to say, hard to do. But more than anything, you need to believe you can heal. Make the choice.
Talk to a friend, a brother or someone who you really trusts. Understand that there is nothing wrong with you and your life. Focus on the good things.
I have no experience with a race based crime. But I did suffer from PTSD. I recommend to anyone who does they look for a therapist who is trained in EMDR therapy. It was developed to help soldiers coming home from combat with what was then called "shell shock". There are a few different ways it is done, but all focus on keeping your eyes moving back and forth as you talk out your feelings. The basic (not scientific explanation) is that the eyes moving keep the physical body and brain "busy" as you talk. The idea being what will come out is a deeper, more honest truth, maybe even thoughts and ideas you didn't remember or blocked out. For me personally it did wonders. I now sleep without nightmares. I can now do the things that used to scare me into avoiding people and places.
That can be difficult. And there is no time table on healing from PTSD or emotions. If you are having issues that are interfering with your life due to a past trauma, perhaps its time to speak with a counselor or therapist regarding your emotions.
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