Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition and illness that results from experiencing first hand, or vicariously, a traumatic event. War survivors, veterans, and victims of crime are those usually inflicted with PTSD. At present, there are two established and effective psychological therapies patients suffering from the illness can undergo: trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and eye movement desensitization. Scientists, psychologists, and doctors are further exploring new ways to treat the disorder as it is debilitating to a patient’s way of life.…
Attending meetings and conferences are essential if you want to become better in your chosen career or profession. It is necessary that you learn how to interact with others, especially those who belong to the same professional field as you are so that you can gain a better understanding of how to do your job well. One of the meaningful events that I attend was the 2016 Baltimore International Meeting For Research.
I can clearly remember how surprised I was when I found out that I have been invited to attend an international meeting. At first, I was hesitant to travel to Baltimore for the said conference. I felt that I was not ready to face other researchers and colleagues whom I believe have better experiences and skills than I do. However, things turned out to be amazing during the said meeting. I gained new friends who helped me to advance my career. At the same time, I also learned new lessons and skills about my usual work.
I am sharing this to everyone to encourage each one of you to take a leap and avoid missing chances. When you are given an opportunity to travel abroad or attend a significant event that has something to do with your profession, then make sure to grab it. Always remember that life is not all about easy decisions but also risky choices. Take note that life is so much better if you learn how to love your job and accept the obligations or responsibilities that come with it.
At the same time, do not forget to be friendly and kind to everyone you meet during the conferences, meetings, and events that you attend. You will be surprised by how great attitude can help you build your career from small to big. You have to trust me with this because attending the 2016 Baltimore International Meeting For Research changed my life. Learn how to connect with the right individuals!
Both experts and laypeople flocked to the 2016 Virginia International Conference on Psychology of Education. Among the many topics and lectures held was one of mindfulness and its importance in our daily lives.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that’s been around for a long time. It’s a form of meditation as well as a way of life. Its roots trace back to Buddhism.
To practice mindfulness meditation, sit down, breathe comfortably, and begin focusing on the present. Worry not about the past or the future. Focus on the now. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling” or “How do I feel right now?” If any thoughts about the past or the future come up, inspect them for a while, but send them on their way after. Return to focusing on the present.
In your daily life, you can practice mindfulness by focusing on the actions you’re currently doing. Notice how your mind tends to wander while you’re doing mundane things? It happens, for example, when you’re walking or when you’re doing the dishes.
Why Is Mindfulness Important?
Being mindful is not letting your thoughts wander about, even while you’re doing mundane activities. Doing this can help you reduce stress as well as appreciate the present. There’s an emphasis on focusing on the now. By practicing this, you stop yourself from worrying. The things that happened in the past and whatever will happen in the future no longer bother you as they did before.
If you practice mindfulness regularly, it can improve your well-being and mental health. This technique maintains your stress levels and helps you appreciate the present more. Given this, your mental health and well-being are sure to improve. You’ll find yourself less anxious and more confident about what you’re doing.
By bettering your well-being and the state of your mental health, your physical health will also improve. Mindfulness is also known to lower blood pressure, help in treating heart diseases, and reduce chronic pain.
These are only some of the insights from the 2016 Virginia International Conference on Psychology of Education. Hope to see you next time.…
It is normal to feel fear, guilt, distress, shame, anger or helplessness after going through a traumatic experience. It will typically go away after several days or weeks. But if it still occurs after a month, then, it is most likely that you are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The 2015 Washington National PTSD Awareness Day commemorates this happening.…
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a big problem for many. It becomes a hindrance to your everyday activities. It affects your personal development and in some cases your relationships. In the family, you may have had a father who was a soldier in the past or a brother who may have suffered a traumatic car accident. It pains to see your loved one have PTSD, but it is manageable. Here are five ways to help you hold PTSD in the family.…
Getting pregnant after a year of marriage makes me and my husband very excited. I was very confident that I was ready to be a mom. We frequented my OB’s office to check how the baby is doing. Months passed by quickly. The day we’ve been excitedly waiting for finally came.
The Supposed To Be A Happy Day Turned Out To Be A Traumatic Day
Very vividly, I still can remember how the doctors suddenly became tensed and worried while we were in the delivery room. My OB came to me and whispered that my baby’s condition is quite not beautiful. My baby was born unconscious with his cord wrapped around his neck. They urgently moved him to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and stayed there even after I was released from the hospital.
We have to go back every day to check on him. For days, my spirit was crushed seeing his condition. This was not how I imagined things would be. I can’t even hold him yet in my arms. The closest we can get is to embrace the incubator he was in. It pains me seeing him in there, wondering if he will still make it, but I have to endure.
His image in there is still very clear in my memory. His tiny body with tubes and wires attached. I could see him even in my sleep, and it left me crying in the middle of the night.
I Developed Trust Issues
I was the happiest when he was released from the hospital after a month of fighting for his life. It may look overacting, but I have to protect my son. I was very detailed in everything, very particular and hands-on when it comes to his care. I won’t even let just anyone near him. My nightmares and fear of losing him turned me into this paranoid mom, afraid that I might lose him one day.
It Turned Out I Have A Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
I never thought that there is such a thing as trauma after giving birth. My son’s pediatrician noticed how overprotective and paranoid I was when it comes to my son, that she talked to me about it.
Many new moms suffer from birth trauma due to various reasons, some of which could be
- Extended time and painful delivery
- Having to undergo emergent cesarean section
- Use of forceps delivery or vacuum extraction
- Having a baby with a disability
- Baby being sent to NICU
What I went through could be enough reason to consider PTSD, but of course, I need to see a doctor to confirm. My feelings (paranoia) that my son’s life is always under threat is a typical symptom. The frequent nightmares and the self-blame that I might have done something during pregnancy are also determinants for the presence of PTSD.
How Was I Able To Recover?
I talked to my husband about what the pedia told me. The next day, we visit a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said to me things that made me contemplate on my actions. She was right when she told me that my relationship with my husband and other people around me would be affected by my PTSD. And very true, sometimes, I find it hard to trust my husband when our son is left alone with him. I know he felt upset by it sometimes, but he is being considerate of my feelings.
I want to recover from the PTSD that I followed her advice to undergo counseling. She had me meet with my OB and allowed me to ask the OB questions that are bothering me regarding my son’s condition. The OB explained once again and precisely what happened, and assured me that my son would grow up a healthy boy, so there’s nothing I have to worry about.
Slowly, I recovered from the PTSD, although I’m not sure yet if I’m ready for another baby. I am trying my best to be honest with my therapist, and she’s telling me it’s okay. I just have to take it a day at a time.
Pain and suffering are undeniably part of the human condition. Sadly, we live in a world where wars, crime, violence, and hate all exist. For the most part, our minds are resilient in the face of trauma, but there are times when the stress becomes too overwhelming.
There is nothing more efficient than the love, acceptance, and understanding of family members.
Post-traumatic stress disorder does not only affect the person experiencing it but can also take a toll on the people around him/her. Research suggested that children who have parents that have PTSD may experience the following:…
Post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence are intertwined with each other.
Domestic violence is considered as a widespread and prevalent kind of abuse. Grave threats, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, intimidation, monetary deprivation, and rape are some of the types of domestic violence.…
Many suffering from PTSD never understand their condition due to lack of awareness or may even sometimes not be able to deal with the symptoms without the help of a medical professional. Post-traumatic stress is extremely frightening for someone who goes through this. It not only leads to panic attacks or scary flashbacks but can even make a person incapable of performing his or her day to day tasks. It disrupts life and isolates one from his or her loved ones. Hence seeking help and support from professionals as well as family and friends becomes an important part in the treatment of PTSD.…