In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted an amazing discussion and Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about learning to cope with PTSD.
If you happened to miss out this time, here’s some of the highlights from Kim and Theo:
Who do you turn to for support for your PTSD?
Kim: Whoever is closest to me that I trust to regulate my state of dysregulation.
What have you found to be effective in coping with PTSD?
- Physical activity moves the neurochemistry of adrenaline which is so prominent in PTSD.
- I have a client who has really benefited from Neurofeedback combined with counselling.
- Staying patient in my process has helped me. It takes time to get the tools you need to help you with PTSD.
- Talking about it gets rid of the stigma attached to PTSD; not feeling alone and helping is healing!
- I did EMDR which was an amazing tool for me. It requires a very skilled therapist though.
- I play golf! It helps me stay present and focused.
What tactics do you recommend for coping with PTSD?
- When in panic, looking around the room at common objects to remind yourself of the here and now.
- When you are in active panic and overwhelm, remind yourself it will end. Mindfulness helps ease intensity.
- EMDR is a wonderful method that helps to reorganize brain pathways that show up in the unconscious.
- Holosync Meditation is brainwave activated sounds that can bring your nervous system into a calmer state (when EMDR is not financially available).
- What we are doing right now: peer-to-peer talking it out. Physical activity. Surrounding yourself with people who get it.
How can people support others in their life living with PTSD?
- Research, find information, believe and try not to be judgmental. Don’t tell the person to suck it up!
- As is said in the movie “Thanks for Sharing”, keep your own side of the street clean. Work on yourself.
- The less you are triggered by another’s stuff, the more truly capable you are of being supportive.
What’s your best advice for people living with PTSD?
- Be patient with yourself. Remind yourself you are doing the best you can with what you have. Help others!
- You have to participate in your own healing to make it change. It begins with vulnerability.
- That there has to be a willingness on your part to do something every day to make yourself better. Be a part of your healing.
In our Twitter chat, we mentioned a few resources:
- Some of our favourite tips and tools for coping with PTSD and its symptoms.
- This video by Brene Brown perfectly illustrates and explains empathy.
On October 4th, Kim and Theo will be in Red Deer, Alberta for a PTSD event: “Helping is Healing”. More information and ticket pricing can be found online here.
– Written by Amber Craig