TALKING ABOUT TRAUMA PEER GROUP
All kinds of people deal with the fallout from various trauma incidents in life. And for people with disabilities, that can be magnified by various contributors. When something happens that is scary or dangerous, your body responds with a rush of chemicals that produce a physical result.
And the brain’s response to frightening events can also lead to chronic problems. This can include trouble sleeping; feeling on edge frequently; being very easily startled, anxious, or jumpy; having flashbacks; or avoiding things that remind you of the event.
DAC NW is going out into the community to help facilitate peer groups so people can talk about this. It’s important to talk with others about how you feel – don’t isolate yourself.
Sometimes these symptoms go away after a few weeks. But sometimes they last much longer. If symptoms last more than a month and become severe enough to interfere with relationships or work, it may be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Most people think of PTSD as coming from veteran or combat situations. But it doesn’t have to be. All sorts of trauma can lead to PTSD and its symptoms.
It’s important to have a coping strategy for dealing with trauma. A good strategy would be finding someone to talk to about your feelings. A bad strategy would be turning to drugs or alcohol. PTSD affects people differently. So what works for one may not work for another. It’s important to explore a lot of different ways to cope. Try concentrating on a daily routine. Get plenty of rest and healthy nutrition. Try mediation, walking, or yoga. Get involved with your community and volunteer. The thing to do is keep trying.
Our group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm in Pioneer Square Apartments Community Room. To join call Anna McHugh at 509-334-1720
505 North Main Street
Moscow ID 83843
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Lewiston ID 83501
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3726 E Mullan Ave
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