How to Cope When Feeling Overwhelmed by PTSD Treatment

Some days are good, but some days you are just consumed by emotions you cannot deal with. On the good days, you feel relieved this incident is finally behind you. On the bad days, you are not sure you will ever recover. This is the emotional rollercoaster of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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What Does Complex PTSD Feel Like?

PTSD is a reaction your brain can trigger when you experience or witness trauma. The symptoms of PTSD could sneak up on you over time, or they might begin immediately following the incident. They can include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Avoidance
  • Selective amnesia
  • Paranoia

Severe traumatic events can cause an overload of emotions. In an attempt to protect itself, your brain can block out certain parts of the event, change the details in your memory or in other ways keep you from fully experiencing these emotions because they are too painful.

How to Avoid Burnout in Addiction Recovery

When you make the courageous decision to enter rehab and overcome your addiction, you are full of hope. Everyone says recovery is hard, but you know in your heart you can do it. You want a clean and sober life. You just need the help of a good rehab program and some loving friends.

What you later learn is that there are many hard days along the road to recovery, a road that is longer than you envisioned. At some point, you just don’t think you can move forward any more. The reward doesn’t seem worth the pain, you are tired of living a life that revolves around recovery, or you just don’t think you have any more to learn.

Maintaining the motivation to continue your recovery program – in other words, avoiding burnout – is the key to success. It can be done with the right strategies.

Coping with Trauma Anniversaries

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Anniversaries are usually a celebration. They are a way of marking the times in our lives and keeping track of forward progress. Anniversaries can also be a reminder of the past, and when that past is not pleasant, the anniversary can be anything but a celebration

It can be hard to forget something very traumatic that happened to you, especially when the same date comes around every year. Sometimes even the season can be a reminder of that terrible time. When forgetting is not possible or not healthy, you have to shape how you approach the anniversary so as not to get dragged back into the past.

The Effects of Trauma

The effects of experiencing or even witnessing a traumatic event vary, but in the extreme, they can be quite serious. Your experiences help shape brain development over time. Children can be the most vulnerable to trauma, although its effects may not be seen until much later in life.

Tips for Managing and Avoiding Boredom in Addiction Recovery

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Though boredom by itself is not considered a destructive emotion or state or being, it can lead to destructive behaviors, especially for recovering addicts.

There are a variety of methods you can use to combat boredom to not only aid in your recovery, but also to help you live a more productive life. One of the first ways to get rid of boredom is to understand how it impacts you. Consider this: If you are waiting in line at the bank and time seems to go slowly, you might start to wish you were doing something else that would be more exciting.

Effects of Boredom Can be Destructive

There are a number of reasons for your feelings of boredom. According to John Eastwood, a psychology professor at Toronto’s York University, there are three main aspects of boredom:

  1. You aren’t able to engage your mind in a way that can satisfy you.
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