Counseling for Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD | Columbia, Missouri | Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, LCSW
You can try these things right away to help yourself, or seek support for PTSD and symptoms.
Here are things that can help with PTSD right away:
Calming down your nervous system with relaxing activities. What's considered "relaxing" differs by person, but possibilities include relaxed breathing, meditation, expressive art, yoga, music, exercise, or grounding activities.
Avoid avoiding. Gently lean in to memories of your trauma when possible to give yourself a chance to heal and work through and make sense of what happened. This also helps your body learn what situations are and aren't safe - which can get very confusing with PTSD.
Get back in the world again, one step at a time. Even if you're terrified of crowds, you can take small steps like going to the local gas station during a slow time of day. This helps you heal while facing your fears.
Reach out for support from understanding friends and family. Many times people are well-meaning but don't know how to help.
You should seek professional help if:
Symptoms are getting worse or just aren't getting better after several weeks.
You feel you don't have the support you need, at any point in the healing process.
You have any thoughts of harming yourself or others.
If you'd like to consult about trauma or PTSD, contact Jennie at 573/291-7315 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're near the Columbia or Mid-Missouri area and in crisis call (800) 395-2132 or visit crisistextline.com; otherwise call 9-11 or local emergency services in your area.