How to Reduce Your Risk of PTSD in a Post-Covid-19 World
- Will this end and will I be ok? Why would God allow something like Covid-19? Can God help me with all my problems and financial needs? Is it a sin to worry all the time?
- These are the questions patients in my therapy practice are asking, and I can’t emphasize enough that it’s normal to feel anxious now. The risk of developing a life-threatening illness alongside the loss of the things that usually anchor us is a brutal one-two-punch that would leave anyone feeling on edge.
- How you handle stress makes a difference in how you ultimately cope. You can create positive habits and reduce response patterns that predict post-traumatic stress disorder, in which a terrifying event leads to symptoms such as disturbing flashbacks and severe anxiety. Unfortunately, we can’t will away sadness and fear. Living through such emotions without exacerbating your pain and suffering takes skill.
- The truth is that there are proven steps you can practice to improve your physical, spiritual and emotional health during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Here are three truths:
- It is normal to feel a sense of hopelessness (Psalms 31:24)"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."
- It is possible to feel alone due to isolation and lack of social contact. ( Hebrew 13:5) Jesus has promised to never leave us alone in this world. Therefore we are never separated from His love or His presence (Romans 8:35-39)
- It is normal to want to give in to the fear of the unknown. (2 Timothy 1:7) Tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Are you having a PTSD Awareness Day in 2020? (June is National PTSD Awareness Month)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) affects about 20% of our veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
- Depression and post-traumatic stress disorders are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.
- 22 Veterans commit suicide each day in America. That means that 8030 of America's very best are giving up on life do to stress and depression.
- The most common symptoms of PTSD include: difficulty concentrating, lack of interest/apathy, feeling of detachment, loss of appetite, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, and sleep disturbances.
- 30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 month of being home.
Objective: Helping those in your community, like Military, Law Enforcement, Healthcare Workers First Responders and all who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Ministries located near military bases can reach out to those who are experiencing PTSD symptoms.
- Family members of those who have PTSD will benefit by having the support and understanding of the faith based community.
- The faith based community should learn about PTSD and how to help those who are experiencing inner trauma do to a traumatic incident in their life.
- Ministries who have military, law enforcement and first responders who are attenders will appreciate and benefit from the PTSD Awareness Day.
- Realize those who protect us and insure our freedom and safety desperately need our support and help.
PTDS Awareness Day
- Presentation 1 hour
- Power Point Presentation:
- PTSD Facts and Symptoms
- How to minister to military, law enforcement, healthcare workers and first responders
- How to have a recovery ministry for military, law enforcement and first responders.
- Presenter - Skip Pilgrim, Ph.D, CISM, MRT