How to Prevent Blackouts
In order to prevent PTSD blackouts, you need to control the PTSD as a whole. As we mentioned in Part 1 of this guide, blackouts develop because your mind is having trouble processing current thoughts and feelings. You still have not processed a traumatic event from the past, so your brain is not capable of handling certain emotions in the present. By sorting through those past emotions, you will be better equipped to handle the current ones and your mind will remain in-touch with reality.
So, how do you sort through your feelings and bring closure to the past? Ideally, you should see a therapist who specializes in PTSD treatment. This person will help you find personalized solutions to cope with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and other symptoms that come from traumatic events. Not only will you be able to close a traumatic chapter in your life, but you will also be able to rebuild relationships with friends and family members who can help you during your journey.
What to Expect in PTSD Counseling
PTSD counseling is a completely personalized process. Your PTSD symptoms and experiences are unique to you. Someone with grief PTSD will require different counseling solutions than someone with combat PTSD. Your counselor will work with you to find solutions for your situation and lifestyle.
During PTSD counseling, you will work through issues you’re currently experiencing and issues from your past. For instance, stress from your work may have increased the frequency of your PTSD blackouts. In counseling, you will learn how to reduce that stress to keep blackouts to a minimum. You will also resolve emotions from a traumatic time so the blackouts are even less likely to occur. You can improve your quality of life from all angles.
Do I Need Medication to Stop PTSD Blackouts?
Some people benefit from medication during PTSD treatment. Others can overcome blackouts and other symptoms with counseling alone. If you do need medication for short-term or long-term treatment, your counselor can refer you to a psychiatrist to prescribe the right medication for you. The psychiatrist and therapist will work together during your treatment.
PTSD Treatment in Michigan
If you are interested in PTSD treatment in Michigan, Heron Ridge Associates has several locations to assist you. We offer grief counseling, depression counseling, PTSD counseling, and a range of other specialized counseling solutions. Contact our main office at (734) 454-3560 to get matched with a counselor or therapist near you.