PTSD and Homelessness

November 21, 2011

In a recent study of homeless people they found that 3/4 also had PTSD.  This doesn’t surprise me since being homeless is quite a traumatic situation in and of itself.  However, though cause and effect may not be here as clearly as coincidentally, it is something to keep in mind if you are a PTSD sufferer.

Having PTSD is not a death sentence though, and it is really important that you seek help as quickly as you can.  There are many excuses that the PTSD suffer tries to use.  “I don’t like my therapist” is quite common, “The therapist doesn’t understand what I am going through” is another.  Both of these could conceivable be an issue but the amount of times that they are used make it seem more and more unlikely that they can possibly be this commonplace.  It is more likely that the therapist is requiring the PTSD patient to do things to help their recovery that are uncomfortable for them to complete.  When we deal with change it is difficult.  It is so much easier just to keep the status quo but the status quo does not lead to recovery.  Facing the demons and getting past them takes hard work but it can be done.

The other thing PTSD sufferers try, is self medication using drgs and alcohol to mask the symptom and hide the pain.  These do not work and more often make things worse.  Using drugs or alcohol can easily create the second side issue of addiction.  We then have two problems to deal with instead of simply PTSD which is bad enough on its own, by using we have addiction to deal with too.

The Military PTSD Forum site can be used as an augmentation to your therapy.  It allows you to “unload” some of your frustrations and feelings in a safe and non-judgemental place.  Everyone is welcome to post as often as need be and to chronicle your own recovery.  Come as often as you choose and post as much or as little as you choose.  We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.