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PTSD Awareness Month – Highlighting the Benefits of PTSD Service Dogs

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With PTSD Awareness Month fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to help spread the PTSD awareness message.
PTSD Awareness Month

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, most of us have heard of Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD by now. Many brave men and women in the armed services become afflicted with PTSD and it is because of their bravery and their willingness to tell their stories, that there is now a realization that PTSD effects not only our brave men and women in combat but also everyday people and children that suffer a traumatic experience in their lives.

National Center for PTSD AboutFace homepage

The Veterans Administration has a great article called Understanding PTSD.
If you have a moment you may want to read their article they have available in pdf format:

Understanding PTSD
“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, a serious accident or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma but if the reactions don’t go away over time or those reactions disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.”

4 Types of PTSD Symptoms

  • Reliving the event (also called reexperiencing)
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
  • “People with PTSD may feel hopelessness, shame, or despair. Employment and relationship problems are also common. Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug use often occur at the same time as PTSD.”

    Getting Help for PTSD
    “If you continue to be upset for more than three months, seek help. You can feel better! PTSD is usually diagnosed in one or two sessions. Your doctor or a mental health professional will evaluate you. You will be asked about your trauma and symptoms. You may also be asked about other problems you have.”

    The VA has a PTSD Screen Questionnaire you can take online.

    “Effective Treatments available for PTSD are psychotherapy and in some cases medication.”

    PTSD Crisis Help Lines:

  • 911
  • VA Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • The above information is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the National Center for PTSD for additional information.

    PTSD Services Dogs

    PTSD Service Dogs
    PTSD Service Dogs are also known to work well with PTSD psychotherapy as a well-rounded approach to overcoming PTSD. Canines 4 Hope can create customized PTSD Service Dog training programs to help those who are suffering and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Canines for Hope Trained PTSD Service Dogs to:

  • Assistance in a medical crisis
  • Provide treatment related assistance
  • Assistance in coping with emotional overload
  • Perform security enhancement tasks
  • A speciality trained PTSD Dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability. Training may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behavior reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects and guiding the handler from stressful situations.

    PTSD Service Dogs can literally change the life of a Veteran or other persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD Service dogs can help a person remain calm by preventing people from crowding around or rushing up behind in public places which will provide a comfortable space for the Veteran or PTSD sufferer.

    PTSD Service Dog Training

    PTSD Service Dogs can also:

  • help adjust serotonin levels
  • help lower blood pressure
  • help with episodes of depression
  • provide companionship
  • calm their handler
  • preventing people from crowding around or rushing up on their handler
  • Canines 4 Hope has been training PTSD Service Dogs for people with PTSD across the country for over 20 years. Call Us 1-772-631-4931 or visit our website: http://www.canines4hope.com