The negative effects of a traumatic event can be overwhelming and debilitating. The aftermath of such an event can compromise your ability to hope, to cope, to envision a future, and to find the strength to carry on each day. When these negative feelings and emotions become too loud to overcome, physical depression can be the result. Depression is one of the most common code occurring disorders with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, people suffering from PTSD are seven times more likely to develop depression.
Depression has been described as a deep, black hole you find yourself falling into. The sides are steep and slick. There doesn’t seem to be any way to stop your descent. It happens in slow motion—flailing of the arms, twists and turns of the body, agonizing movements that produce no results. Eventually, you stop fighting and just slide down into the pit. No light. No desire. No energy. No hope.
PTSD can lead to intense feelings of anger, rage, resentment, and fear. These unspent emotions live inside the body, using up energy, and eventually causing fatigue and apathy. Unable to see any hope in your life, you slowly begin to isolate yourself from others, from getting out and socializing, from exercising or taking care of your body.
This world we live in can be a difficult place. Pressures and stresses that come from every day living are often enough to temporarily sideline even the healthiest of us. When a serious trauma has battered your defenses, maintaining a successful stand against those forces can be almost impossible. That is why it is so important to gain support and strength from others: from healthy relationships, from friends who love you, even from caring professionals who can assist you in rediscovering your strength to face each day successfully. You may also need a professional to assist you in rebalancing your body’s natural chemistry when necessary.
Our holistic approach to health and healing at The Center • A Place of HOPE helps us to create specialized treatment plans for each client to address all co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD and depression, encourage them to call 1-888-771-5166 today.
Excerpts of this blog were taken from Dr, Jantz’s Hope & Healing from Emotional Abuse.