Surviving cancer, a stroke, a brain aneurysm, a car accident, a job loss or anything life changing is a huge accomplishment. But finding a healthy, emotional way to move on after such a life challenge can be tougher. Your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers have been impacted in some way. Surviving a near death experience can not only be life changing but relationships can change, either strengthen or evaporate. Staying alive is often harder than surviving. How can this be done? Many suggest praying if you believe in such a thing or go into therapy to deal with the traumatic experience because you may be suffering from PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health web site, “PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.”
There are many ways to address PTSD which mental health officials can offer.
However what seems to help some are attending support groups. While this may sound like a very simple solution, those who suffer from illnesses often need to know “they are not alone”. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation “Physically and psychologically, a brain aneurysm diagnosis or rupture can take its toll on both patients and family. Recovery often requires considerable patience, ongoing love, and support. Survivors frequently need more help than they were used to or may than they may be willing to accept. Support is critical.” Members of a support group often credit the meetings have been life changing. A meeting with survivors and caregivers can often be a wonderful method of “Staying Alive”.
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