Wednesday, April 17, 2013

PTSD the Boston Blasts, Any Extreme Life Trauma Event

PTSD may strike marathoners, bystanders in Boston blasts

PTS is not only a condition of war theaters nor does it only hit the military who are sent into. It's a human condition for the civilians of same as well as any, who've been misdiagnosed forever, in civilian ranks who've suffered from trauma's in their lives. From children to adults and mostly from tragic extreme trauma's that life brings for some or others are witness to these events, life isn't a game!!

17 April 2013 - Cops called the twin bombs “IEDs” and a Boston ER doctor said the wounds included “traumatic amputations” normally seen on Iraq battlefields, but now another combat comparison has emerged: Some civilian survivors of the terror attack will suffer PTSD as a result of Monday’s carnage.

A number of the bystanders, runners and public-safety personnel near the blasts — those close enough to see, hear and feel the detonations, those who witnessed or aided the wounded, and the injured themselves — now have a higher risk for developing the same anxiety symptoms known to affect tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, said a leading expert on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Absolutely. To be precise, it is called Acute Stress Disorder at the beginning and usually involves some or all of the symptoms of PTSD. If it lasts more than a month, and has enough symptoms, it is then described as PTSD,” said Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio-based psychiatrist who has talked with more than 7,000 veterans diagnosed with PTSD. read more>>>

What we Vietnam Veterans as well as those who recognized, mostly from the anti-war coalitions of our time who listened to us as we returned, many going into counseling professions or other related professions to help not only veterans but civilians they recognized it in, have been telling people for decades, only to be Ignored. Like much from our wars, Agent Orange, Test Vets, Gulf War Syndrome and issues from these two recent wars already being ignored, to name but only a few. As Those Served seek to Not Sacrifice, their collective treasury into budgets specifically the VA budget, themselves, once veterans of come home. Some made very handsome livings in writing and speaking about that it didn't exist so the country could denie! Can't be ignored no longer!

It probably will surface quicker in any children that were close enough to witness the events of the bombings and aftermath but were or weren't injured. Life isn't what we are taught from childhood to be, be it from those around one or in their religious beliefs, much already shows that as we grow up. But the many different extreme trauma's and dangers shock the system quickly and can't just be wiped from memory, many will be lived over and over and triggered by similar incidents witnessed!

Drugs don't work, some may give a false sense of, but counseling does especially if that counseling is about reality and the counselors might have experienced their own trauma's, or have the ability some have to understand same, what is going on within each individual, relating to each other in groups or one on one.

Boston Blasts Remind Us Of Fragility Of Life
April 17, 2013 - The attack in Boston makes us think about our own vulnerability. Psychologists have used the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other tragedies to track the arc of recovery from this kind of incident.

Anxiety is normal, but PTSD may simmer in children who've seen Boston Marathon bombing
April 17, 2013 - The graphic nature of the attack at the Boston Marathon can be difficult for many to process, and that includes young people.

Whether or not they were physically there at the bombing, children can be profoundly affected by what they hear and see. It can be normal to notice some anxiety and fear after an event like the marathon bombing, Dr. Alan Hilfer, director of psychology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, explained to most important thing is that someone will be there for them -- because they'll be turning to the adults in their life and their peer for answers and support.

"Talk to kids in an honest, yet reassuring manner," Hilfer suggested. "Kids take cues from their parents. If they're parents are agitated or upset, it will make it harder for kids to understand what's going on. read more>>>

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