What Exactly Is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
It's that time again when depression and "other" disorders can seem to escalate in many lives to enormous distress levels. Christmas time is a time most depressing for those who are alone or recently separated from a loved one and sometimes as a learned behavior (tradition handed down). The holidays can be a time where we revert back to memories that seem to crop up out of no where, where that emotional roller coasters warms its engine for that climb up that highest hill where the other side is a straight drop to no where with no one. Whether it is from past/present unsuccessful experience with family members or an old love, childhood memories most of us would rather forget, holidays seem to bring out the best of them.
The goal while paved with good intentions of avoiding those re-occurring holiday blues, you know the ones that show up uninvited every single holiday like clock work. We began the determination to leave them behind by confronting them face on or a needed change in the circumstances/people in our lives. For others the wallowing in that which is familiar is actually a comfort to us, destructive but yet quite comforting. Then last but not least by any means are those who just cannot stand up, cannot find control, cannot beat the blues or let go of the elements that rose into the PTSD.
Another epidemic plaguing America and possibly advancing the globe in current times is PTSD. PTSD unofficially, is not the average anxiety disorder, it is a fear and a comprehension disorder. PTSD is the body/mind's inability to conceive what you have visually seen, emotionally felt and/or physically endured. Its depth within your soul depends upon your individual genetic makeup and environmental/personality traits.
What happens when one experiences PTSD? They relive the traumatic circumstances within their mind/emotions/physical body. This event is no longer actually present for many but for others it is still a real possibility (but that is another post). Generally it is the total makeup of the body's way of cycling information/dangers that it could not cope with during the initial occurrence. The re-routing information to circuits better suited to processing within your own personality traits. PTSD is actually a protection like shock is to protect the whole being of the person.
Is PTSD a mental illness, NO it is not it is a normal process of your system currently out of order but working towards healing, it is a "disorder". Can it become a mental illness? I do not think so, but one's reactions can give the appearance of a "illness" of mental origin. Problems can come in when we interfere with the natural process. By refusing to acknowledge its reality and the process of which it is taking to heal. Also, by fearing its activity and allowing it to become out of proportion, mixing it with imagination and fighting its path. I am not saying to allow it to cause harm to you or another. It needs to be allow it to run its course to re-route those constructs we have created of how things should be into a reality of what they really are in certain circles. It in effect is having to re-wire your circuit board to accommodate the new stressful comprehensions. Another delay occurs when we take its projected activities and try to trust in them as reality. Believing that because we experience them that they are reality, they are not the reality they are the process of re-routing and accommodating your personality to accept that which was previously in-conceivable.
1) The inability to cope with some outside influence
2) The inability to discover the cause and affect of some traumatic event
3) The inability to retrieve your basic trust elements from deep within your essence
3) The determined ability to keep the basic trust element at bay
4) The determination to assure that the source of the traumatic event is the roadblock to that source before it has the ability to get close enough to again cause you harm or place you in danger.
5) The protection encasement that provides you security while you search or heal from the trauma.
6) The excuse to not be required to open yourself to additional harm by trusting and placing yourself in possible harm.
What is the hardest element to overcome when faced with PTSD? Trust, the ability to trust another individual, a situation/circumstance or an environment. Who rules this section of our makeup? We do, but not in the time as we perceive it but in the time alloted for its process to complete. We do not always have the ability to decide when and where we rule this section or in the allowance of trust to break through or fear to be contained. For many, we hide behind the sheltered arms of darkness thinking others can see. Sometimes they can but most never notice the hell we walk in. We cower behind the walls of safety that surround us and the mental prison we create to protect us. One thing is for sure, it takes time and it takes our cooperation to allow the healing process to occur. Like panic attacks, the more we fight against them the greater they become, the more we accept its concepts, its ability to show us about ourselves while we search out its purpose the easier it becomes to handle.
There are many factors involved when dealing with the human mind/emotional and trusting nature. Many elements deriving from our individual makeup that determines the present outcome of a response. The first thing many of us experience after an event that triggers a fear response is the search for a reason or open doorway that allowed it to enter and attack. We turn this inward upon ourself image and began to analysis our person and our life dissecting it piece by piece to find that vulnerable place that left us open to harm. For some of us it is an easy spot readily available for insight. While for others it is a time of soul/life searching for that open doorway, and then for the rest it is a never ending search for that which is NOT there because the problem/situation did not derive from us but from the predator that sought after us.