Health Matters

Trauma and PTSD

Guest: Professor Maureen Grissom

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PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the condition is not limited to the military. Professor Maureen Grissom from the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine tells us the warning signs and has some advice.

“Trauma can stem from being involved in or witnessing assault, abuse, natural disasters, major illness or loss of a loved one. The pandemic has been traumatic for many. Some signs of trauma include sleep difficulties, feeling on edge, mood swings and withdrawing from others.”

“Tips for recovery include a healthy diet, rest and exercise along with reaching out to others for support. Loved ones should remain understanding without pressuring the person to talk about what happened. If months have passed or if symptoms are severe, seek help from your doctor or a mental health professional.”

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