August 4, 2012

PTSD- Puppy Telly Streaming Day!!


Puppy Break!  Watch puppies here and now!  <<< Click!  

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Known as Holly's Half Dozen, these Golden Retriever puppies were born June 24, 2012, and from the beginning they have been on 24 hour live cam. Not only are these puppies adorable but they are involved in very important work with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, MD. These pups- five girls and one boy- are being raised and socialized by members of Warrior Canine Connection, who care for and train the dogs as part of their own healing- from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Here's a story from Business Insider-<<< click for more information on military and PTSD programs.  

As programs designed for veterans have begun to address the issues military men and women face, more attention has been paid to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. PTSD is more common than most of us realize, and effects people who have been bullied, abused, sexually assaulted, or who have lived through a fearful event, like war, catastrophic event, natural disaster or violent crime.

Just tapping into the live stream is a stress-reducer (as if you needed an actual reason to watch puppies do nothing.)  But it's true! 

Puppy Break #2!  Watch puppies here and now!   

PTSD is an anxiety disorder, and can include symptoms like agitation or excitability, dizziness, fainting, headaches and feeling your heart beat in your chest. It usually occurs after someone has experienced a traumatic event, and causes the person to feel stress symptoms that can include panic attacks and flashbacks. Many people are walking around with PTSD symptoms and don't even know it. Unfortunately, after a traumatic event, well-meaning people might encourage a survivor to "shake it off," or to return to "normal" behavior- but while he or she might be functional, they may not be able to experience a full life without some help.
Puppy Break #3!  Watch puppies here and now!   

After that, you may want to check out the symptom list below- or feel inspired to learn more about PTSD, so you can do that here:   PTSD information.  

The most important thing I can say to you is this: if you think you might have PTSD symptoms, talk to a counselor about it. (I did!) If you have ever experienced a violent or traumatic event, you may recognize that you have these symptoms of PTSD, which usually fall into three main categories:

1. "Reliving" the event, which disturbs day-to-day activity

  • Flashback episodes, where the event seems to be happening again 
  • Repeated upsetting memories of the event (could include repeated fear of the event reoccurring)
  • Repeated nightmares/night terrors of the event 
  • Strong, uncomfortable reactions to situations that remind you of the event or how you felt during the event. 
2. Avoidance
  • Emotional "numbing," or feeling as though you don't enjoy or care about anything 
  • Feeling detached from others, or from yourself 
  • Being unable to remember important aspects of the trauma 
  • Having a lack of interest in normal activities 
  • Showing moods less, being "flat" or having physical "feelings" (like feeling tired instead of sad; experience back pain instead of fear)
  • Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind you of the event; avoiding situations where you may not have control
  • Feeling like you have no future

3. Arousal

  • Difficulty concentrating, or agitation in stressful situations 
  • Startling easily
  • Having an exaggerated response to things that startle you 
  • Feeling more aware or self-defensive (hyper-vigilance) 
  • Feeling irritable or having outbursts of anger or terror
  • Having trouble falling or staying asleep 

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