For most of my life, I’d experienced the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) without knowing it. Looking back, I can remember all kinds of manifestations: from icy fear and dread on sunny days to dark mood swings or doubt about my own capabilities. But only recently have I begun to face these struggles head-on.
It began when I decided to go see a therapist – for me, the first step was admitting I had a problem and seeking help with it. Initially it was like an uphill battle as I revealed things about myself that were painful and daunting memories from an turbulent part of my childhood. It wasn’t easy at first but slowly over time, we chipped away at understanding what PTSS meant for me and how that framed both present situations, future challenges and how they interacted with each other.
Working with a therapist has made an incredible impact on my life. The process itself can be exhausting but more than worthwhile in the end — talking through tough issues rather than avoiding them is a huge closing for progress. Moreover, self care is key – allowing yourself time to de-stress is important since various triggers can affect your quality of life if not handled accordingly (or if left unchecked). Self soothing words are another important tool in regulating PTSS; having little reminders written down helps keep the thought process on track until you complete your tasks or whatever else might need tended too.
Most importantly working through PTSS has given me valuable insight into myself and also into how compassionate and resilient we humans truly are — even after enduring severe trauma or tragedy. Recovering from this condition requires emotional labor on top of maintained physical health; however the rewards that come along with that choice are worth far more than any struggle endured throughout the journey towards healing.