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PTSD Triggers: Ways to Identify & Cope

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common mental illness impacting those who have experienced or witnessed particularly traumatic events.  While it is commonly associated with combat veterans, anyone can suffer from PTSD.  Events such as assaults, car accidents, or natural disasters can all leave a lasting impact on the brain, leading to problems such as anxiety, insomnia, agitation, and self-destructive behaviors.  At times, these symptoms may be worse than others.  This is often due to thoughts or events that serve as “triggers.”  Learning how to identify these triggers and cope with them effectively is an important step in living a healthy, successful life with PTSD.

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PTSD After a Natural Disaster:  The Facts You Need to Know

A little over a year ago, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas experienced flooding of historic proportions.  In a matter of days, 6.9 trillion gallons of water fell throughout the state with devastating consequences.  Many lost their homes, cars, possessions, and priceless keepsakes and then had to pick up and begin the arduous process of rebuilding it all.  It was undoubtedly a trying time but one that Louisiana got through with grace.  Then, a year later, our neighbors in Texas faced similar circumstances as Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Houston metro area, and for many, the heartbreak for these new flood victims was matched only by their own physical and emotional reactions to such traumatic memories.

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Be Aware of These Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Every Memorial Day, we commemorate those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.But what about the veterans who continue to struggle and sacrifice daily?    

Stress reactions following a trauma are expected, but if these stress reactions last longer than three months, cause you great distress, or disrupt your work/home life, please seek help.

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