PTSD and the pandemic

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that can affect anyone, but it’s especially common in people who have experienced trauma. Once called “battle-wounded” (think World War II veterans), PTSD is now understood to be a widespread psychological condition. It’s often triggered by everyday life events, such as separation from family or friends, job loss, or violence.

It can also come on suddenly and without warning.  It’s difficult to know the signs of PTSD in yourself or another person. As the Mayo Clinic explains, “Not everyone who suffers from PTSD experiences the same symptoms. For example, a person who has experienced a car accident may be afraid to drive, but others may not even know he or she has the disorder.” However, there are a few telltale signs that can help you find the help you need.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal, even healthy, reaction to stress. If you’re constantly worried or afraid, you may experience symptoms such as racing thoughts and muscle spasms. While these reactions are normal, they can become problematic when they interfere with your normal routine or cause self-harming behaviors.

Difficulty Thinking and Concentrating

People with PTSD often have trouble thinking and concentrating, and they may have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time. They may also forget things easily, which can make it hard to plan for the future. As a result, their ability to deal with stressors is often delayed.  To prevent memory gaps, it’s a good idea to keep a written record of your symptoms, treatments, and progress. This way, you’ll be able to quickly and easily access this information if needed. It may also help you recognize when you’re starting to feel better and stay focused on your treatment.

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Racing Thoughts

You may also notice that when you’re under stress, your thoughts race. You might think about things that aren’t pertinent to the situation at hand, or you may think about what could go wrong instead of what’s right in front of you. If you have a racing mind, you can try to slow it down by breathing into your stomach or choose a relaxing activity that you think will help you think more clearly.

Sleeping Problems

You may also notice that you’re having trouble sleeping. This is often because you’re tossing and turning, keeping yourself awake, and/or worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about. Again, this can be a red flag that you should seek medical help. Make a list of any sleep problems you’ve been experiencing, and consider looking into implementing a treatment plan.

Mental Fog

Mental fog is a condition that makes you unable to focus on one thing at a time. You might have trouble remembering who you are, where you are, or what you’re doing. You might also have problems with concentration, making you accident-prone or finishing tasks slowly. This is a common symptom of PTSD.

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Eating Problems

People with PTSD show external changes, such as changes in their appearance. Weight loss or gain is one common side effect of the disorder. Eating disorders are treatable and can lead to health problems if not treated, including an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, it’s important to seek help.

Unfortunately, not everyone who struggles with eating disorders knows that they need treatment. Some people may be in denial about their eating problems until it’s too late. They could also be depressed, afraid of not being able to eat certain foods, or embarrassed to ask for help. In any case, eating disorders are treatable and can do long-term damage. It’s important to seek medical help if you think you’re having trouble eating.

How to Get Help for PTSD

If you think you or someone you know has developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s important to get help as soon as possible. There are a variety of treatment options, including therapy and medication, and both can help with symptoms and lifelong recovery. You can also contact your local Veterans’ Affairs care facility to find out if they provide mental health treatment. You can also call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-TALK) if you’re in distress.

Knoxville Recovery Center Can Help:

If you’re experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, it’s important to get help right away. Not only will this help you understand your condition better and make progress towards recovery, but it will also prevent you from developing deeper mental health issues. If you’re unsure whether you have PTSD, the symptoms are similar to other anxiety disorders, such as an anxiety attack. Don’t put off seeking treatment for PTSD because you think, “I’ll start to feel better on my own’. As soon as you experience symptoms, get them treated right away. The sooner you seek professional help, the better.

Fortunately, help is available for those battling addiction and/or mental health issues. Knoxville Recovery Center offers various services to those struggling in any stage of addiction or mental illness. 

Services offered: 

Detox – Our on-site detox clinic accommodates and supports clients as the body sheds all residual traces of addictive substances. Clients are under medical supervision during the detox process to ensure that they remain safe and comfortable. 

Addiction Treatment  During our addiction treatment program, clients will engage in introductory therapies and exercises that work to prepare them for continued, more intensive treatment outside of our facility. The goal of our addiction treatment track is to stabilize clients so that they are treatment-ready. 

Mental Health Treatment – Our mental health treatment program introduces behavioral therapies rooted in self-expression and holistic exercise. Art therapy, music therapy, and yoga are just a few forms of therapy we offer at the center. Our goal is to help the client reclaim their voice and expose them to treatment within a professional facility. 

Aftercare Planning – Aftercare is designed for individuals who have benefitted from our introductory addiction services and are transitioning into a more intensive addiction treatment program. Once a client is stabilized, they will be encouraged to pursue continued addiction treatment. Our experienced case managers will then work with our clients to place them in a 

If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling and needs help, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call Knoxville Recovery Center and speak with an expert today.

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