Poetry Dissects PTSD by Healing Emotions-- Not Reliving the Trauma
The thing about experiencing past trauma, (PTSD) is that it is an equal opportunity Mental Health Disorder. It can take over victims of domestic violence, war Veterans, and even children of all races and cultures. My own anthology I put in rhyme that comes from connecting with the Divine that has healed me and can most certainly heal the special groups I have mentioned. Since we all share the same enemy of FEAR I thought we could also share the same WEAPON to defeat it through inspired rhyme to connect to the Source of all joy and hope for living in the present and leaving the past behind us.
PTSD is when a person has either experienced a traumatic event or witnessed one with serious harm, frightening circumstances that may or many not include death with threat to self or others had occurred. The victim's response is one of extreme FEAR, and sense of not being able to control the situation. Anger and confused issues are more common in children who have been traumatized.
Repetitive negative images invade the thoughts and perceptions that include night terror dreams. For some hallucinations, illusions, and flashbacks from the event make the person to act out as if the traumatic event were still happening.
Adults may turn to self-medicating through drugs and or alcohol to cope with the recurring symptoms. Children may relive the trauma through play or even reenacting it, and permissiveness.
There are individual "triggers" that can spark anger (associated with the past trauma) to something that may seem completely harmless to another person without PTSD.
Avoidance of anything that reminds the person of the trauma (pictures, recordings, talking about it) is experienced. Thus, leaving a numbness and emptiness where feelings once were and can no longer be expressed.
Repression of the event is typical and may lay dormant for 10 years or so before coming out through clinical significant distress that effects one socially, employment-wise, family, and friends. Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV-TR 309.81 describes duration of symptoms to be Acute if under 3 months' time and Chronic if lasting more than 3 months, with Delayed Onset--at least 6 months after the trauma.
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