One of the easiest things to catch myself up on is when I think too big, as in worrying about casualties of the TX hurricane crisis, or even worse the American opioid epidemic. These are huge problems that I think are very underrated for as powerful as the media is. Veteran homelessness almost stands NO chance of funding from the government considering our higher priorities such as building a bordering wall, or preparing for a possible showdown with N. Korea. Yet, when I find myself at the polls I ponder if my complaining peers realize how many of these so-called politicians run completely unopposed? Why do we let people who vote for their raises (and simultaneously they raise our income tax) run completely free with the legislature?
On the wrong day that line of thinking can lead to many negative outcomes. Primarily, I feel a crushing weight of overwhelming is about to bear down on my skull. It’s nerve racking because I ask myself what did I do to try and fight this downward spiral? Sure, it’s easy to sit on the sidelines & critique but at the end of it all what did I accomplish? Truth be told, I’ve done basically nothing. I did vote in Preliminaries but once my guy was eliminated I chose to skip voting Trump vs Clinton. So, I am doing something now *hopefully* inspiring someone to GO OUT THERE and challenge the system. Become the politician America needs. Step up with me and SPEAK OUT to America (just of a different level.)
What does this have to do with PTSD you ask?
Well, I hope for one you see how easy the symptoms can be triggered. Simply by thinking I haven’t done anything to better my country, or at least help with some of the natural disasters; leads me to physically feeling like death. It triggers rapid heart rate, uneasiness, anger, and the feeling of foreboding doom. I get angry, beyond so more than the “normal” human. I cuss, fight, and hit inanimate objects knowing fully well what could possibly be the repercussion for my adult temper tantrum.
What can caregivers do when they see their loved one going through similar symptoms? Remind them of the here and the now. Find a way for your survivor to be brought back into the moment. Hearing that we are NOT how we feel is extremely reassuring. Plan a date, make a promise to meet at the gym later, surprise your loved one in a way to let them know that you do appreciate who they are. Offer to help work on the problem, but don’t expect that they’ll let you. Working together, you can bring them from feeling like a failure to a survivor.