Correct distorted thinking and challenge fears

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Cognitive-behavioral techniques are and alcohol from your diet Many people think that if they have a glass of wine just before they go to bed it can help them sleep better. It puts you to sleep, but it also wakes you up prematurely. You dont have good quality sleep so you dont get good restorative sleep. So clean the toxins out of your body and get your sleep cycle normalized. Consult a physician Some people with PTSD need to be on medication. Christian counselors need to know the physiciansthe primary care doctors and psychiatrists in your community that can help. Medication may not be the major thing they need, but they may need medication for a season to help them through the hardest times. And people need to understand that the new antidepressants used to treat PTSD are not addictive, and dont make people high.

They may require two-three weeks, and sometimes as long as six weeks to deliver the desired effects. And most of the time people need to take medicine for about six months to twelve months to experience the best impact from that. refer when needed If youre not a trained professional and have someone who is suicidalget some helpeven if its just to get an opinion. If youre a lay counselor get your pastor or a mental health (MH) professional involved. If youre a MH professional, get a psychiatric opinion that may need some medical intervention. Just get some help! Dont try to do everything on your own. If your client has a history of psychosis or bipolar disease or is using substances, try to get some help.

This might mean sending someone to a good support group. If they are getting progressively worse, get some help. If drugs or alcohol are involved, the help might be getting a medical doctor to evaluate if detox is needed. If you were to stop the alcohol abruptly, your client could have a seizure. So if youre in over your head and youre not sure what to do, always ask someone. Dont wait until its too late to ask for some help. Just because God has called us to ministry does not mean that we have to take care of all these people on our own, alone. How long does PTSD treatment take? It depends on a lot of things. How long has this been going on before they came for help? Someone who has come very soon after developing these symptoms might see them resolve in a matter of a few weeks or a few months. Remember that 50% of them develop chronic problems, so they may not ask for help for months or years after the event. Its going to take longer if it has been going on that long. The longer it has been going on without help, the longer treatment is going to take.

The severity also determines how long its going to take. Co-morbidity will influence the time as well. If they are developing depression or anxiety problems its going to take longer to help that individual. Thats why early intervention is so important. Conclusion Helping someone to recover from PTSD has a long-term, positive domino effect. Medical problems are avoided. Psychiatric and substance abuse problems are arrested. Children get their parents back. Spouses are able to reconnect. Christians are able to experience that there is no fear in Gods perfect lovebelieving, at last, that no traumatic event can separate us from His love and care.  Michael Lyles, M.D., is a Board-certified psychiatrist, Founding Partner of Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting in Atlanta, and a member of the AACC Executive Board. This article was developed from his presentation important in PTSD work because they help to challenge the distorted thoughts and exaggerated fears of the disorder. Its important to challenge the way that they are thinking incorrectly about self, others, and various situations, and the way that they understand and approach the trauma.

They will need help with exposure therapygetting to the place where they can put themselves in situations they were afraid of, face things that they were avoiding. With the 9-11 events, for example, begin to confront their fears, to decrease the amount of anxiety they are having about being in a skyscraper, about riding on an airplane. The whole country was in an uproar for a while about whether anybody should ever fly in an airplane again. Its time to take back the skies once again. It is important for an individual even an entire familyto assert that, in Christ, were not going to be in bondage of fear. We serve a God who is not a God of fear. We serve a God of lovea God who goes out of his way to free us from bondage. The last thing that we as Christians need to endure is bondage.



Stress healthy sleep

Help people improve their sleep hygiene. If they can sleep well, it improves the chances of being able to heal, to get better, to move on in life. Help others try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time. Limit the amount of time sitting awake in bed. If youre laying there and cant go to sleep, get up and do something else. Dont nap during the day unless your working rotating shifts. Elderly people can get away with napping, but it will interfere with the sleep of most people. Avoid exercise just before going to sleep. Dont look at the clock after going to bed. Dont obsess about it.



Eliminate nicotine, caffeine,and alcohol from your diet

Many people think that if they have a glass of wine just before they go to bed it can help them sleep better. It puts you to sleep, but it also wakes you up prematurely. You dont have good quality sleep so you dont get good restorative sleep. So clean the toxins out of your body and get your sleep cycle normalized.



Consult a physician

Some people with PTSD need to be on medication. Christian counselors need to know the physiciansthe primary care doctors and psychiatrists in your community that can help. Medication may not be the major thing they need, but they may need medication for a season to help them through the hardest times. And people need to understand that the new antidepressants used to treat PTSD are not addictive, and dont make people high. They may require two-three weeks, and sometimes as long as six weeks to deliver the desired effects. And most of the time people need to take medicine for about six months to twelve months to experience the best impact from that.

Refer when needed

If youre not a trained professional and have someone who is suicidalget some helpeven if its just to get an opinion. If youre a lay counselor get your pastor or a mental health (MH) professional involved. If youre a MH professional, get a psychiatric opinion that may need some medical intervention. Just get some help! Dont try to do everything on your own. If your client has a history of psychosis or bipolar disease or is using substances, try to get some help. This might mean sending someone to a good support group. If they are getting progressively worse, get some help. If drugs or alcohol are involved, the help might be getting a medical doctor to evaluate if detox is needed. If you were to stop the alcohol abruptly, your client could have a seizure. So if youre in over your head and youre not sure what to do, always ask someone. Dont wait until its too late to ask for some help. Just because God has called us to ministry does not mean that we have to take care of all these people on our own, alone.

How long does PTSD treatment take?

It depends on a lot of things. How long has this been going on before they came for help? Someone who has come very soon after developing these symptoms might see them resolve in a matter of a few weeks or a few months. Remember that 50% of them develop chronic problems, so they may not ask for help for months or years after the event. Its going to take longer if it has been going on that long. The longer it has been going on without help, the longer treatment is going to take. The severity also determines how long its going to take. Co-morbidity will influence the time as well. If they are developing depression or anxiety problems its going to take longer to help that individual. Thats why early intervention is so important. Online counselor is always available to help you out.

Conclusion

Helping someone to recover from PTSD has a long-term, positive domino effect. Medical problems are avoided. Psychiatric and substance abuse problems are arrested. Children get their parents back. Spouses are able to reconnect. Christians are able to experience that there is no fear in Gods perfect lovebelieving, at last, that no traumatic event can separate us from His love and care

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