Helping Hand

This article was written primarily by my protege Lisa and I felt that it needed to be shared. I found out some exciting news from her today. She has been given the go ahead to continue training after being diagnosed with PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) This has been a cause for concern for sometime alongside other injuries Lisa has incurred. Her situation has made it difficult to train, but her commitment to train with our organisation, is nothing short of heroic. She has a fighter's spirit and despite the obstacles thrown her way, kept up training with her Tai Chi despite her personal issues.

I look forward to having her come back on the mats, as she has made a conscious decision to continue training in the art of Si-Kyu-Shudokai. I thought I would let Lisa explain just exactly what she has been through and how to diagnose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is incredibly brave in speaking out and should be seen as a role model for other women out there.

Lisa's Story

Today I am talking for the very first time about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through my eyes as a domestic violence victim. I was diagnosed this year in 2017 with PTSD alongside my other medical conditions. As a mum of two beautiful children I felt like I was losing my mind knowing that I will never be the same due to being involved with domestic violence. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is always diagnosed in men more so then women and mainly soldiers and civilians who come back from war as well as police officers and firefighters. I call this a stereotype to prove that this is not always the case.

I walk a fine line between reality and constant flashbacks of my traumatic past. This is an experience I live through 24/7 that no one ever can understand unless you have been through it. I have gone days without sleeping and have at times been blanketed by an unrelenting rage that I can't even explain. I am a PTSD sufferer and the symptoms are many and varied. I have included a list of symptoms in this article so you can help identify the symptoms and possibly find a diagnosis for yourself or someone close to you.

Despite these symptoms, I still walk with confidence along the line of normality. PTSD may have altered my brain in many ways but I try not to make it stop me from leading a relatively ordinary existence. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be found in any one who has been through a traumatic or stressful experience at any age and doesn’t discriminate regarding gender. I know this because I am not afraid to say I am a female PTSD sufferer who is in their thirties.

I would like to close this article with some words of wisdom and that there are people and resources out there that are available to help and support PTSD sufferers to help them get back in touch with reality. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has no medicinal recourse to curb the disorder and to reverse the diagnoses, but the resources available are there to make use of and help sufferers manage their condition.

In summation Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is hard to define, but one of the easiest ways to explain how it feels is by watching this video below of 'Helping Hand' by the Screaming Jets. You feel trapped in your own head and those closest to you often make judgements based on your sanity. Going through trauma can affect anyone as you can see, and internally your mind feels like a warzone clouded with doubt about yourself and the ability to trust others. It is like a civil war running rampant in the dark corners of your mind.

We ask everyone who encounters a PTSD sufferer to have compassion and patience. We are human also and respond kindly to being treated equally. Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is crucial to help those who have it. Learn more about how you can support those you know who may suffer this affliction and help them face their fears by being supportive and understanding. This will make all the difference in the long run, and can help them rehabilitate over time.

Once our defences are lowered down by receving therapy and people in our lives make an effort to connect with us, we eventually learn to trust again and begin to progress towards a normal life. I hope the following resources also make an impact for yourself or those in your life that suffer this affliction.

Thank you for reading this article and giving me the opportunity to educate others through my experiences. If it helps one person then I know that what I have been through hasn't been in vain.

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