Do you have the after Christmas blues sometimes called “The letdown after Christmas?” Do you sometimes have bouts of depression when going through traumatic or hard times?
Then you might be experiencing a small amount of the blues that many suffer on a much larger scale. We often hear about this disorder – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It used to be called in other wars things like “battle fatigue or “shell-shocked.”
To most of us, it is unimaginable what our soldiers have been through in wars since World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and these most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just naturally associate this mental disorder with those serving in the war; but many people who have never seen a battlefield are also suffering from this malady. And the sooner help is found; the quicker there will be a good outcome. Stretching out your hand to help or to be helped will be the most effective treatment and answer.
Those who have been in serious auto accidents, those who have lost loved ones; especially if the loss was violent and unexpected, are also subject to this terribly disabling illness. In a way our whole country is suffering from PTSD in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the fatal shootings of so many innocent children in Connecticut; as well as other natural and unnatural disasters. Many are still angry and upset about the last election.
The CDC describes it, thusly.
“A traumatic event turns your world upside down.
After surviving a disaster or act of violence, people may feel dazed or even numb. They may also feel sad, helpless, or anxious. In spite of the tragedy, some people just feel happy to be alive.
It is not unusual to have bad memories or dreams. You may avoid places or people that remind you of the disaster. You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying attention. Many people have short tempers and get angry easily.” These are all normal reactions to stress.”
America is one stressed out nation these days for one (or several) of many different reasons. People are committing suicide, killing family members and others, causing all sorts of stress related actions to everyone. We, as a nation, need to open our eyes and see where all of this is leading. Banning guns will not alleviate these problems; but perhaps counseling and knowing that someone cares could have a great impact for the good. Guns are only the instrument by which some deranged suffers are choosing. The intent comes not from the barrel of the gun; but the condition of the heart and mind.
David, in the Bible, was a man taken to depression as was the king he served, Saul. Reading his beautiful Psalms have helped a lot of people cope when they felt there was no help and realize that God had given David the answer to such unhappiness. Seeking spiritual help seems to be the most helpful and the most definitive. You can’t cure the mind and soul with an anti-biotic; but it can been soothed and restored by looking to God for answers rather than alcohol, drugs, porn, or other diversions which only deepens the guilt and sorrow.
A verse to remember: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NKJV
We see people living on the streets with no place to go who are suffering from some such disorder. Many seek counseling for their problem as soon as they realize they have a problem, but some do not; and the problem only deepens and gets worse. There is an interesting and helpful article posted on “Make the Connection,” which is a site for shared experiences and support for Veterans; but it is also of great use to those who are suffering from this malady caused by other reasons as well. Many spouses and family members of soldiers and other suffers of PTSD are also greatly affected by this problem
If you know someone who is suffering, be a good friend and recommend this link to them in hopes that they can find recovery. Listed below are some of the topics covered in this article. Help bring life and smiles back to someone you know who may be just waiting for this information.
· What are the signs of PTSD?
· What is the treatment for PTSD?
· What can I do if I think I have PTSD?
· Take the next step – Make the connection.
· Explore these resources for more information about PTSD in Veterans.
The CDC also offers ways to cope with tough events in life that can leave your world upside down like the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, injury or injury to someone you love. There are many reasons a person might find themselves in need of assistance which can help to restore them to full recovery.
Highlights of this article are:
•Traumatic events often cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and aggression.
•It will take time before you start to feel better.
•There are many things you can do to cope with traumatic events, including talking to family, friends, and clergy for support.
•You may need to consider seeking professional help if you feel sad or depressed for more than two weeks, or if you are not able to take care of your family or do your job.
If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, you need to consider the last option as soon as possible. This disorder cannot only cause mental disturbances, but can greatly affect the physical health of all those involved. Research online, go to the library and check out good books on the subject, talk to friends and family members so they will know how to help.
Seek guidance in God’s Word – also through a priest, pastor, or Rabbi. Let those who are willing – be involved in your healing. There is no shame or disgrace in feeling this way; but there is in allowing it to control every aspect of your life and to the point that it becomes destructive.