Anxiety Reduction

July 25, 2011

I was talking with my wife, who is a Ph.D. and Psy.D., recently and the topic of “How to reduce Anxiety” came up.  I wanted to offer some suggestions that some, who may have the PTSD diagnosis,  might want to try.    Of course like anything else, unless you really want to start dealing with this PTSD issue, nothing works.  I would hate to think that there are any who choose a self imposed suffering rather than seeking help but I also am sure there is a percentage that do just that.

One of the things that my wife stressed stressed was that anxiety will get worse if it isn’t directed into some positive action.  That is, it won’t go away on its own (hint, hint).  One solution again is to do something to try and solve your problems.  One clear example that I can give is one that I’m sure many, if not all, people will have experienced.  This is obviously not as serious as PTSD but I’m sure we’ve all tossed and turned trying to get to sleep worrying about something.  We lay for hours and can’t get something off our mind that needs to get done so that we can get a good night sleep.  Rather than getting up and writing that thing down we go over and over what needs to get done and never really get the sleep needed.  Imagine this happening day after day, week after week and month after month. or perhaps worse when you least expect it.

I’m advocating taking action against your PTSD.  Whether you are actually the one suffering from PTSD or you are the spouse of a PTSD sufferer, get up and start writing.  I’m am not advocating that you must do it on this site but just get writing somewhere.  Let your feelings out.  There will be some relief gained.  The more you release yourself from the self-imposed solitary confinement of PTSD the better. 

The reason I hope that you come here is that I believe strongly in the power of numbers.  The document that you will be contributing to will be a growing document.  Some who have been reluctant to do anything about their own PTSD may receive some silent permission slip knowing that others are struggling too.  We are open 24 hours a day so instead of laying in bed with another fitful night ahead of you come share your pain with our blog,  something that makes no judgements of you and will always listen no matter the time of day or night.