PTSD Caregivers: Secondary Posttraumatic Stress Population Gets Support

Heal My PTSD, an organization for posttraumatic stress syndrome education and support, launches complimentary PTSD Caregiver Teleseminars on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 6pm EST.
By: Michele Rosenthal
 
 
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March 30, 2011 - PRLog -- Contact: Michele Rosenthal               Michele@healmyptsd.com 561.531.1405

PTSD Caregivers: Secondary Posttraumatic Stress Population Gets Support
March 30, 2011 – Studies estimate over 5% of all Americans struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at any given time. That means the number of PTSD caregivers is roughly equal, or larger, as the caregiver role can land on more than one person in a PTSD family. Heal My PTSD, an organization for posttraumatic stress syndrome education and support, launches complimentary PTSD Caregiver Teleseminars on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 6pm EST. Facilitated by http://www.healmyptsd.com founder, PTSD Coach and PTSD survivor, Michele Rosenthal, these hourlong teleseminars will provide a place for PTSD caregivers to find community, connection and creativity in how to manage the posttrauamtic stress caregiver role.

Conducted via a telephone conference line, these groups will focus on topics unique to the PTSD caregiver perspective, including how to:
•   understand PTSD symptoms
•   practice stress reduction techniques
•   balance caregiving and living
•   choose Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment options
•   talk to your PTSD loved one
•   help your PTSD loved one learn how to manage and cope with symptoms
•   avoid caregiver burn out

Each monthly call will offer a thirty minute presentation on an important PTSD caregiver topic, and then incorporate thirty minutes of a group discussion so that participants can ask personal PTSD questions, talk to each other, avoid secondary posttraumatic stress, and receive one-on-one coaching around specific issues.

“The unique challenge of PTSD caregivers is figuring out how to take care of themselves while also supporting their PTSD loved one. Plus, the confusion about symptoms of posttraumatic stress – and the lack of defined PTSD treatment – can make the caregiver role overwhelming,” says Rosenthal. “Our goal is to help bring clarity to caregivers so that they can maintain their own grounded lives while making good decisions and taking strong actions to help their PTSD loved one.”

After struggling with PTSD for over twenty-five years, Rosenthal, a Certified Professional Coach, is now 100% free of PTSD symptoms. Her work with survivors and caregivers includes individual clients and groups. She continues, “PTSD symptoms are universal, regardless of the individual trauma. In the same way, the PTSD caregiver experience is universal, too. This means every caregiver can teach and also learn by interacting in a strong, nurturing and supportive community.”

For more information about the Heal My PTSD Caregiver Teleseminar Series, visit:
http://www.healmyptsd.com/education/ptsd-caregivers-teles...

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a wholly treatable condition that results from a life-threatening experience in which the trauma survivor felt helpless. PTSD symptoms include insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing, hyperarousal and hypervigilance.

Michele Rosenthal is a trauma survivor who struggled with undiagnosed PTSD for twenty-four years. And then she was diagnosed and went on a healing rampage! A PTSD Coach and passionate advocate, she founded http://www.healmyptsd.com to provide information about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, treatment and support. The site contains several complimentary resources including downloads, teleseminars, a healing workshop, and monthly radio programs.

For more information: www.healmyptsd.com   Contact:  Michele@healmyptsd.com, 561.531.1405.

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