June is National PTSD Awareness Month

And today, June 27, 2017 is National PTSD Awareness Day so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned about this debilitating condition while working with clients suffering from but triumphing over this situation.

June is PTSD Month, REiki of Greater Boston, Waltham

Common Causes

  • Car accidents
  • Child neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical assault
  • Plane crashes
  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Terrorist attacks
  • War
  • Other major traumatic events

Some Signs & Symptoms

  • Angry/Irritable
  • Avoidance of certain places, events, that remind a person of the trauma
  • Avoiding activities once enjoyed
  • Constantly tense or on-edge
  • Disruptions in everyday routine
  • Easily startled
  • Emotional numbing
  • Engaging in self-destructive behavior
  • Feeling detached
  • Flashbacks
  • General memory issues
  • Hallucinations
  • Hopelessness about future
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds and/or touch
  • Trouble concentrating

Common Effects

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased ability to have successful interpersonal relationships
  • Depression
  • Difficulty feeling emotions
  • Dissociative symptoms
  • Eating disorders
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart disease
  • Loss of employment
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Paranoia
  • Physical health problems
  • Self-harm
  • Separation or divorce
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts, attempts or completed suicide

Recommended Treatments

Most commonly recommended:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy
Medications such as anti-depressants.In addition it is recommended to take time to relax via proven techniques such as Meditation, Deep Breathing, Massage, Yoga and Reiki. These treatments can activate the body’s relaxation response and ease symptoms of PTSD.


If you or a friend are in crisis, here are the recommended resources to tap according to the National Center for PTSD:

Call 911
Go to the nearest Emergency Room

Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255)To Learn more see National Center for PTSD.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

ps-Caveat here: I am not pretending to be an expert in this disease. It is complicated and anyone suffering needs assistance from a professional specializing in this area. I am only just learning, doing my best to help people learn how to relax and trust again. With this post I am merely doing my small part in promoting Awareness of PTSD. It’s real.Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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