I am in charge of my well-being. That doesn’t mean I should go it alone. My stand on this is to handle all I can but not allow pride to stop me from asking for help when I need it. Sometimes, asking for help before we need it prevents our challenges from becoming burdens. Certainly, self-help is vital for recovery but always ask for a hand up before you fall.
However, if I give any of them control over my mental health, I also give up the key ingredient of recovering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). That key is – Taking part in and directing the recovery of my mental, emotional, and spiritual Health.
After a decade of learning how to manage PTSD symptoms, I have begun a systematic search for and application of techniques that convert those symptoms into sources of personal power. This shift to deep multilayered self-help transformed my life from PTSD recovery to post-traumatic growth.
Extreme trauma can cause physical changes in the brain. There is mounting evidence that these trauma-induced changes in thought patterns and in the anatomy of the brain are a major factor in developing PTSD.
There are ways to redirect our subconscious thought patterns and re-mold our brains. Pioneers in the mental health community are adding power to their healing by blending spiritual techniques with their therapies.
I rule my life now; the past does not, because I asked for help, and it was given.
© Tom Puetz 2024
For a deeper dive into this concept, I recommend “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Vander Kolk. This book is a must-read for individuals living with PTSD and a please-read for their families and caregivers. An often overlooked self-help tool is quietly observing animals as a “focused attention” meditation technique.