PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Mental health awarenesss

Welcome back bloggers to another mental health Thursday post! I hope all of you have been enjoying my mental health Thursday post, raising awareness on mental health and making it less of an omen & giving understanding. I am not sure if any of you have heard of PTSD, but if you have, you probably have commonly heard war veterans speak on it — but it isn’t exclusively happening to just war veterans but also the general population as well. I know someone personally who has PTSD, hell, I probably know more than a couple of people and each of them handle it differently and have different reasons as to why they have it. I won’t discuss their stories because that is private information but if anyone wants to leave in the comments or email me their own experience, that is fine, otherwise I don’t expect people to be as open about their experiences because it becomes really personal. 

 

Now keep in mind, all my information about PTSD does NOT mean that it is the same for everyone, everyone is an individual case so treat my answers as such. If you know someone who has PTSD, I am either hoping this will help give you insight, possible understanding and perhaps help you have a better handle on things because I dated someone who allegedly had PTSD (wasn’t brought to my attention until the break up) and the way they explained it, they couldn’t but I could tell something wasn’t right at the time with this person and while they never did get a diagnosis; they figured they did enough research to narrow it down to PTSD — I wish I could have known sooner because maybe it wouldn’t have been too late to look into handling a relationship with someone with possible PTSD but with that being said, many spouses who live with someone with this condition, it can sometimes be stressful and very exhausting if you don’t understand or if you are feeling abandoned, it is never easy to put your foot into someone else’s shoes if you have never experienced what they have experienced and while we sympathize with them, it doesn’t mean we have a hold on the issue at hand – because sometimes we don’t, sometimes we find ourselves thinking we ‘got it’ just to find out we we’re way wrong, and that’s okay because we are only human. 

 

What is PTSD?

 
  • Failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event 

Not everyone with PTSD has gone through a painful event – losing a loved one can also cause this to happen. 

Symptoms

  • Flashbacks/reliving the event (nightmares, etc)
  • scary thoughts
  • Avoiding places, or situations that remind you of the event
  • Might have more negative beliefs or feelings
  • hyperarousal
  • feelings of hopelessness, shame or dispair
  • possible drinking or drug issues
  • employment issues may occur
  • relationship issues may occur
  • depression 
  • anxiety
  • many of the symptoms depending on the severity could lead to suicide.. 

Children with PTSD

  • Might experience bed wetting habits
  • Forgetting how to or being unable to talk
  • Acting out the event during playtime
  • Could be unusually clingy to a parent or other adult
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Act out the event through drawings 
  • Could become more irritable or aggressive
  • Might have problems with friends, or school work
  • might try to avoid going to school
  • depression as they get older
  • anxiety
  • withdrawal or possible reckless behavior as they get older

Risk Factors

PTSD can happen at any age! 

  • war veterans
  • sexual abuse
  • physical abuse
  • loss of a loved one
  • witnessing a dangerous event happen to a loved one
  • childhood trauma
  • having a history of mental illness
  • having little to no social support after the event
  • Stress after the event can make PTSD more likely

With this being said, PTSD can occur soon after the event or take months to years before it triggers & it can come and go. Again, everyone is different. 

 

Treatment:

  • Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Medications

The ONE thing is for sure, we always want to push people to ask for help, but sometimes that person doesn’t always realize they have an actual issue and some people live in denial. You can offer help, but doesn’t mean they will take it. I once told somebody: “getting help seems easy to do coming from people from the outside looking in, but for me, it is letting go of my pride, being vulnerable and accepting it and that’s just not easy to do” so take that how you will, but in knowing my own situation, my anxiety and how it hinders me sometimes – that’s how I feel about things, hints why I have never sought out help BUT don’t do as I do, do what works best for you, and your circumstances because help is important in order to better handle things sometimes. I will mention, my anxiety is A LOT better than where it used to be but it probably would have saved me a whole hell of lot more to seek help back when. It’s never too late to ask for help or seek a professional, so don’t give up on yourself. 

 

P.S I will always be honest with my readers about how I handled my own mental health issues and break downs, etc and I will be the FIRST person to say, I don’t seek professional help for things I go through, because I just deal with it & sometimes I pay a hell of a lot of consequences and sometimes I come out okay, but regardless, my pride and stubbornness gets the best of me,  and that’s why I am a bad example , lol 

 

Hope all of you have enjoyed this post, be sure to like, comment,share and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 
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Phase Two: Week Four. Day 24| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute skipping in place

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 9-11. 70 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)
  • DB incline row: 3 x 9-11. 70 lb ( 1 minute goblet squat – 30 lb between sets)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 9-11.  120 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between each set)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 9-11. 155 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between each set)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 45 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings- 8kg between each set)
  • seated barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 30 lb (1 minute med ball slams – 10 lb between each set)
  • Reverse barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 45 lb. (1 minute DB lunge-20 lb between each set)

Today I was not feeling it, I was fatigued before getting started and just aching a bit. I don’t think it is over training ( not quite that bad) .. I just think it is about that time again (if you know what I mean). I couldn’t finish a whole minute of med ball slams without stopping and I hardly slammed the ball hard enough to make a noise, I was just barely getting by on my workout today, BUT with all that being said, I made some good progress compared to my week one results. If you are interested in seeing the results from week one to now, click Here

 

Anyone else have a long day at the gym today, or just not feeling today’s workout? 

 

Fitness Wonder Woman,

 

Shay-lon xo

now for those of you who are working on building strength and need something lighter to get started, my gym used body bars with some of their clients and in college I started with one for a class or two and let me tell you, they come real handy!

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Wearing a Weight Vest

weight-vest

Okay so for beginners, this shouldn’t be too long of a blog post, I know how some of you yawn at all my post and yet still manage to come back for more, LOL, Only kidding. 

On a more serious note, have any of you considered wearing a weight vest while working out, or taking a run? Chances are a small number of people have actual done this and most of the time it isn’t something I would recommend in the first place unless you are a more advanced athlete or have a good fitness level where it will add to your skill and not hinder your progress. 

Some of you are probably thinking, “why is she writing about wearing a weight vest if the chances of people actually doing this is very minimal?” well to be honest with you, because I had the chance to wear one while running a 800m run, and I turned down my chance because I didn’t think I could possibly hold an extra 20 lb and run a 800m with a decent time. I don’t always feel the need to show off my skill level and when I do, I make sure to not look like a dumb ass in front of elite athletes, and/or everyday general population. Neither group needs to see me make a fool of myself in order to make myself seem “cool”. Nonetheless, I have been looking into getting myself one, not because I feel the need to make a valid point, but because it actually occur to me that I have gotten stronger since that time and have developed a much higher level of confidence than I had in the beginning. I like to challenge myself without going crazy over the top.

Back to my point, I wanted to do a brief post on how adding a weight vest to your workout has its positives, but like I said, don’t feel obligated in going out to buy one, there is more than one way to get a challenge from a workout; but for those of you who may be interested, this will be a fun post for you to read. 

  • Combined with resistance training, the potential for performance enhancement increases.
  • Good tool for variation
  • Takes cardio exercises to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL 
  • Weight vest should be used occasionally (not all the time) to prevent injury and overuse
  • You can choose how much weight is on your vest
  • Known to increase strength and endurance – previously said 
  • Said to have musculoskeletal benefits
  • Weight vest are not cheap items 
  • You need to be physically in shape before you consider going “rambo” LOL
  • Not something I would recommend for children (yes, people have asked) – seriously what child wants to add an extra 20 lb while running around with his/her friends… 
  • Some people have complained of back and shoulder problems after using a weight vest 
  • Joint pains are another popular injury while wearing a weight vest
I think it obvious that if you are wanting to purchase a weight vest to add to your workouts, you will want to know what exercises will benefit you using one, how often you should use it and what weight would be appropriate for you specifically until you are ready for something heavier. It is also recommended that you give considerations to the environment you plan on wearing it in and the length of time you plan to have it on. Would love to hear from those of you who wear weight vest during your exercises, what exercises you add it to? 
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo