Stress is a proxy killer. Stress is connected to heart disease, high blood pressure, colitis, sexual issues, strokes, diabetes, insomnia, migraines, depression, alcoholism, suicide, irritable bowel syndrome, panic disorders and so many more. It’s time to take control of your health, decrease your stress and take care of self.
When you think about those affected by PTSD, who comes to mind? Do you think of someone who has lost a loved one, experienced sexual abuse or assault, or has survived a natural disaster? Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a serious mental illness that may develop after a person has been through or witnessed a frightening incident. Events such as combat, abuse, and traumatic accidents are just a few causes of PTSD. These types of events often induce feelings of helplessness, horror, or extreme fear. These individuals may become extremely agitated or they may tend to isolate themselves. Summit’s Edge Owner, Daron Elam, is a trauma and crisis counselor specializing in the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.
After Haleigh Cox, a 5-year-old who struggling with severe seizures and forces to move from Georgia to Colorado, this case spurred a conversation across Atlanta, and across our nation. Many parents, like Haleigh’s, have been petitioning for this bill to pass for other similar medical issues.
We wanted to take a moment to clarify the bill that was passed, review what is not part of this bill, and cover those issues that still remain:
Grief is not a 12 step program. It cannot be contained by your timeline for healing. It does not concern itself with your convenience. We know that grief does have stages but those stages rarely follow an order. Sometimes, in order to define the abstract, you must determine what it’s not.
When you’re truly fatigued, you know it. You can’t even pretend that “tired” is the right word to describe how you feel. What you may have failed to realize is that you may be doing it to yourself.
Did you hear me? You are doing this to YOURSELF. Often times, we get into a routine that breeds fatigue. Same old habits, same old outcome. You may be doing some of the right things to build a routine that breeds energy, positivity and strength. But if you’re fatigued, may you don’t know how notto be.
This time of year is heavily associated with seasonal changes. The leaves are crisping to the lovely red, yellow and orange shades to welcome the winter weather. It is during this time that we also gain that extra hour of sleep and walk out of work into darkness. And for many, this time of year marks the onset of many undesirable symptoms that include a heaviness and with it, a state of depression.
As mental health professionals, we are among the most susceptible populations to experience secondary trauma syndrome, among others (first responders and case workers). In a study examining the effects of vicarious trauma for counselors and psychologists working with sexual violence survivors, counselors with a higher percentage of survivors in their caseload reflected more disrupted beliefs, particularly regarding the goodness of others (Schauben & Frazier, 1995).