“We don't heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced one or multiple events or situations that are shocking, scary, or dangerous. According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.
Signs and symptoms of PTSD often include:
Intrusive thoughts such as involuntary memories, nightmares, or flashbacks.
Avoidance of people, place, objects or activities that are associated with a previous traumatic event
Ongoing fear, horror, anger, sadness, guilt or shame
Negative changes in thinking and mood
Trouble sleeping, concentrating, and/or easily frightened
PTSD is often experienced by military personnel who have witnessed distributing events or have been in dangerous situations. However, PTSD could often develop in people who were abused as a child or have experienced the violent death of a close family member, partner, or a close friend.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Mental health issues often cause a sense of shame in the sufferers. Support groups can allow us to make connections, providing tangible benefits to people experiencing mental health issues.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with the disorder
Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.