PTSD Awareness Day
In June our nation talks about PTSD, a complex disorder caused by experiencing or witnessing trauma. While the results of appropriate PTSD treatments can be lifesaving, cure PTSD quickly, and make patients better able to perform in all areas than they did prior to their previous baselines, the treatments for PTSD can be intense.
During the first weeks of treatment IOH’s Complex PTSD Intensive Outpatient Program, patients are learning to identify the avoidance techniques that maintain their PTSD, develop skills that are imperative to their functioning, and begin processing their traumas.
From day one our patients begin learning how to start using their best tools again, their words and their emotions. When someone has a traumatic injury, they often display alexithymia (the inability to explain themselves) and a loss of interoception (the ability to understand what is going on inside of themselves, due to not being able to describe to themselves and others what is going on). These are frustrating symptoms that often slow down treatment progression and make people dropout of treatment prematurely. Fighting the stigma of PTSD reduces the likelihood of alexithymia and the loss of interoception developing because people are less likely to hide what is going on inside of them, which makes curing PTSD occur quicker and with less pain.
IOH is dedicated to serving First Responders and the Workers’ Compensation community.