I had PTSD after years on the road. How can I stop getting flashbacks?

This is a compelling article, but I feel it fails to reproduce:

Despite getting the PTSD benefits by daily exercise, there is a significant return of anxiety due to repeated physical reactions (including fear and anxiety) that cannot be quantified. As with many peripatetic people, there is the constant stress of protecting oneself from another’s unwelcome advances, and because they are constantly moving, they find it very hard to re-establish relationships with partners. Furthermore, as the pursuit of higher education often motivates these people, they often split up; it can seem like a lifetime to gain or regain a stable living arrangement.

It is all the more difficult for those whose condition deteriorates during their active working life, and who must now return to those environments, which can then threaten to further deteriorate the situation, again. Although one attempt at the drug specialist only failed, I am now living alone and used to travel around the world, so can cope much better.

The emotional implications are much more grave. We are all, to some extent, a minority, but the ones who do try to help are sometimes quite the savages, even to friends and loved ones, hence the term “Conscious Awareness Dissociations”. I found this very distressing.

Finally, the so-called awareness and commitment meditation techniques are only two tried and tested techniques which you can try. For people with peripatetic issues, however, it may be too difficult (or just too boring) to attempt something that may never work and which, at best, could be perceived as your being dismissed as having no substance.

I am also really happy that, nowadays, the neuropsychologist Karen Nelson has published an article on website on website on the training of patients (whom she described as “travellers”) with PTSD (for Best International Psychiatric Rehabilitation). Although she noted this, she unfortunately failed to reproduce any of it in detail, however, I can assure you that this is valuable and must be reproduced.

The other in-depth information on this topic is available on the internet, but we could all do with more help and understanding about the sometimes fascinating and occasionally frustrating way in which human beings travel.

Courtesy of Dr. Paul Bullen

Paul Bullen lives in the UK. He writes for many different websites, including many that seek to combat confusing and inaccurate literature on many mental health topics, and in particular, PTSD.

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