Living Well Within the New Normal: Navigating PTSD

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Living Well Within the New Normal: Navigating PTSD

June 9, 2022

What is PTSD?

PTSD is very common amongst citizens from all walks of life, affecting about 6% of Americans today. That’s nearly aligned with depression (6.7%) and is even more common than Generalized Anxiety Disorder (3.1%). Resulting from a traumatic event(s), PTSD manifests as severe anxiety, nightmares, irritability, loss of interest in activities, and more troubling symptoms.

PTSD in Children and Adolescents:

Anyone can experience trauma; therefore, anyone can suffer from PTSD— even young children and adolescents. It’s crucial for parents to be involved and aware of their child’s treatment plan— it’s even recommended that parents receive counseling on how to care for their child with PTSD.

Treatment:

While PTSD can feel like a massive weight on one’s shoulders, there are ample treatment options to help alleviate that heaviness. PTSD responds well to treatment, and you can explore a variety of options with CVT, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), medication, and more.

Animal Therapy:

We all know animals can bring immense joy and comfort to any space, and therapy animals can do that and some. Both dogs and horses have been proven to help ease the symptoms PTSD presents. Therapy dogs are trained to sense your stress and comfort you when needed, while equine-assisted therapy involves working with horses to gradually improve emotional healing.

Utilizing CredibleMind for Increased Mental Wellness

CredibleMind offers you credible tools to assist in achieving your peak mental health. This platform boasts podcasts, guided activities, blogs, and more, that have all been approved by medical professionals as means to aiding you live your best life.

CVT’s Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit

How we feel affects nearly every aspect of our lives, from our ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis to how we care for our most important relationships. At CVT, we want to help each of our members understand the resources available to help manage your emotional wellbeing.

Click here: Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit for CVT Members | California's Valued Trust (cvtrust.org).