We are slowly learning more and more about the many ways that people can end up living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Yes, men and women who have witnessed combat come to mind. And ‘First Responders,’ our police officers, fire fighters and paramedics, who deal first hand with trauma. And those who have suffered abuse, neglect and other traumas as children. It should come as no surprise to us that the brave men and woman who put themselves out there to cover the news are also susceptible to this often crippling disorder.
In this article, written by Anthony Feinstein, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, looks the incredible burden carried by news reporters and how they manage to deal with the death, violence and other traumas they witness.
No matter the factors that cause someone to develop PTSD, there are resources for dealing with the, at times life threatening, consequences of this disorder. Work with horses has proven in many cases to be a powerful tool in the healing process.
Through work with horses we can help a client learn and practice self-soothing skills that may help them when they are feeling overwhelmed. We may work on decreasing the impulsive behaviors and increasing focus, both hallmarks of hyper-vigilance, one of the many symptoms of PTSD.
If you or someone you know is living with PTSD, seek help. We would be happy to talk with you about our program. Call or email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses and learn more about what you are dealing with. Make time today to start the healing process.