PTSD 2: Pinned Down

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Ever wonder why some people suffer from PTSD and others don’t - even when they’ve both been through the same trauma? Doctors are still figuring out PTSD; it’s not yet totally understood. But one interesting discovery is that people who were stuck, or unable to move, experience PTSD much more frequently than those who were able to run or fight back [1]. 

A passenger pinned inside a wrecked automobile might suffer from PTSD while the driver right beside of them who was able to climb out of the wreckage might never experience PTSD at all.

This happens in combat when people are helpless to save a friend, or unable to even see the enemy firing at them, it happens to firefighters who cannot reach a trapped child. However, in the face of trauma, it’s the people who can affect change by escaping, conquering, or rescuing, who suffer less from PTSD. Action and movement are the antidotes to PTSD [1].

This is why movement, and physically doing things are an important part of treatment. If you’re suffering from PTSD, playing basketball, lifting weights, or cycling can be a necessary part of your healing process. If you’re experiencing PTSD take action. Reach out.

 

 

[1] Van der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. 2014.