Adjustment Disorder by J.B. Snow

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This book was rather interesting and educational.  It was easy to read and easy to understand.

The main points are:

  • Adjustment disorder is the inability to cope with a life stressor.
  • Risk for developing adjustment disorder increases for those with sensory sensitivity, genetic predisposition, or have experienced any type of trauma.
  • The following can help when dealing with adjustment disorder:  building a support system, deep breathing exercises, medication, therapy, life skills training, healthy diet, plenty of sleep, exercising, and journaling.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Erich Maria Remarque did an excellent job of capturing the horrors of war in, All Quiet on the Western Front.  The language used by the author is descriptive and graphic.

The author also portrayed how Post Traumatic Stress (known as shell shock at the time) effected the main character.  While on leave, he was unable to connect with his family, exhibited signs of depersonalization, was depressed, and dealt with feelings of rage.

Reading the book was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend it.

 

PTSD Treatment

A few years ago, I began treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  I suffered with the disease most of my life, but was not able to talk about it.  I couldn’t even tell my previous therapist or psychiatrist about what happened to me.  It was a destructive secret and it was killing me.

My current therapist believed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with antidepressant medication was the best option for treating my disease.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) involved talking about the trauma and reevaluating my thought processes in regards to the trauma.  I wasn’t sure CBT would help, especially since I had physical reactions whenever I talked about the trauma.  My body would shake, my muscles became very tense, I was sweating, I was breathing rapidly, and I felt extremely nauseous.  In spite of the physical symptoms, I kept talking.

Eventually, I was able to talk about it without having a physical reaction.  Then a strange thing happened.  Things that used to trigger my PTSD symptoms, were easier to handle.

CBT didn’t cure my PTSD, but it made the disease easier to manage.  PTSD is no longer controlling my life.