Evidence-based” Treatment: What Does It Mean?
How to help yourself
- Seek help and support – from professionals, friends and family.
- If possible, try to get back to your usual routine.
- Talk about what happened to someone you trust and try relaxation exercises.
- Eat regularly, take exercise and spend time with family and friends.
- The event may have made you avoid something – perhaps driving or going out. Be aware of this and, if you think it’s possible, try to overcome the fear. This may be difficult and may need to be done gradually.
- Take care with driving – you are more likely to have an accident while you feel like this. Speak to your doctor and keep hopeful.
- Try not to avoid other people.
- Try not to resort to alcohol or street drugs to help you cope. These will make it more difficult to get better.
- Body-focused therapies, such as physiotherapy and osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, yoga, medication and Tai Chi. These can help you to control your distress, to reduce the feeling of being ‘on guard’ at all time, and to focus on the ‘here and now’ experiences rather than the past.
- Contact one of the many military charities that can help you in the right direction for you as an individual.
Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself or expect too much of yourself. PTSD is not a sign of weakness. The strongest person can get it.