You May Be Dealing with PTSD
Traumatic, shocking, scary or dangerous events including an assault, natural disaster or military combat, can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health leading to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed and afraid long after the danger is over. Symptoms often co-exist with other conditions such as substance use disorders, depression and anxiety, and typically begin three months after the traumatic incident has taken place, but sometimes can begin years afterward.
Symptoms associated with PTSD include:
- Feeling as though one is living through the event again by memories, stressful dreams, or flashbacks
- Avoiding situations or conversations that remind them of the traumatic event
- Feeling hyped-up, suspicious and paranoid, constantly scanning their environment for danger
- Avoiding intimate relationships
Causes and Risk Factors
Mental illness is not your fault.
There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. People who have a family history of mental health disorders may be more prone to developing one at some point.
PTSD affects about 8 million people in the U.S. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others. Additional risk factors include living through dangerous events and traumas, getting hurt, childhood trauma and having little or no social support after the event.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like PTSD, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The Center for Health Care Services can help. Our Adult Behavioral Health Division offers the following comprehensive services:
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
- Medical follow-ups and management
- Wellness counseling, education and therapy
- Integrated and primary care
- Individual and group therapy
- Psychosocial rehabilitation
- Case management
- Crisis services
- And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery
In the event of a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). Please call 911 if harm to self or harm to others is imminent.
The CHCS team helps people find hope, determine their path to wellness, and discover their way to an independent, productive life. For more information, or to begin receiving services, please contact our Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Eligibility and Intake.
Create Your Calm
Alternative Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness
Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques:
In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. To reap the benefits of deep breathing, focus on taking deep breaths in and out through your mouth, feeling the air slowly fill your chest and belly and then slowly leave them again. The hand on the chest should stay still, while the one over your diaphragm should rise with your breath. This is how you know the breath is deep enough. Breathe in for a count of five, and slowly release the breath through your nose at the same rate. Continue deep breathing until you feel relaxed.
Be Open to the Present and Practice Mindfulness:
Mindfulness can help ground you in the reality of what’s around you. Since panic attacks can cause a feeling of detachment or separation from reality, mindfulness works to combat your panic attack before or as it is actually happening. Additional benefits include mental well-being, stress reduction, and increased calmness, clarity and concentration – to name a few.
Reduce Stress by Indulging in Relaxing Activities.
For example, music and art therapy, journaling, reading or taking to a crossword puzzle.
Walking, yoga and stretching creates movement, changes the way we breathe and can provide sensory distraction helping to reduce the amount a person thinks about symptoms. Aerobic exercise can help treat mild depression as it increases endorphins and stimulates norepinephrine – improving a person’s mood.
Mood and Food:
Important nutrients found in food can affect brain chemistry, impact moods and improve memory and cognitive function. By maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, and avoiding processed foods, you’re more likely to feel calmer, more content and generally in a better mood. Foods that adversely impact mood include caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, sugary snacks, refined carbs and fried food. Foods that can boost moods include omega-3s, nuts, avocados, flaxseed, beans, leafy greens and fresh fruit.
Additional Alternative Approaches:
Include massage, acupuncture, meditation, faith, aromatherapy or hydrotherapy to create your calm.
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