Dark Water: Stress After Trauma by Opal Rose
Dark Water: Stress After Trauma by Opal Rose is one woman’s personal story of experiencing post traumatic stress disorder, and her advice on how to survive and reemerge from dark water.
Commonly referred to as PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder is believed to be much more widespread today.
Symptoms of post traumatic stress include flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance of social situations, hyper vigilance, and a wide variety emotional difficulties. Each PSTD victim will experience a different set of symptoms.
A trained mental health professional can help diagnose whether someone suffers PSTD or another condition.
Rose’s Path to Healing PSTD
In Dark Water, Rose explores her own path to healing her PSTD symptoms.
A victim of crime, Opal describes in journal passages how she was impacted and steps she took to heal.
Stressing that everyone’s path to healing is unique, she talks about how psycho-therapy only got her so far.
She turned to self-healing approaches including interacting with her spirit guides. Incorporating exercise, balanced diet, choosing a healing living environment, and a stress free social life helped her heal.
Differences Between PSTD and PTSD
Complex post traumatic stress disorder, though similar to PSTD in terms of symptoms, effects victims differently.
Complex PSTD stems from repeated trauma experienced over months or years, while PSTD may occur because of a single event like rape, or natural disaster.
Victims of prolonged, repeated trauma include prisoners of war and victims of child or domestic abuse.
PTSD in children is on the rise and often affects sufferers well into adulthood. Combat PTSD is common among veterans and this is one area of treatment where PTSD research is making strides.
Helpful Therapies for PSTD
PSTD treatment varies and incorporates a wide spectrum of PSTD therapies.
Stress management is just one aspect of PSTD therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR therapy shows promising results.
Many PSTD patients who have not benefited from traditional PSTD therapies experience amazing improvement through EMDR.
Stress Related Symptoms
Stress symptoms are common in today’s economic environment.
People fear for their jobs or are presently unemployed. Wars and international conflicts fill the news.
Experiencing some level of stress is common for most of us.
Emotional stress over a long period of time can develop into chronic stress and even mild PSTD.
Coping with stress is vital to avoiding long term symptoms. PSTD help is available. Dark Waters: Stress After Trauma lists resources and outlines approaches victims can take.
In Dark Water, the author points out that we are all the product of our experiences. But we are also the product of how we deal with these experiences. Our thoughts and reactions are key in how we ultimately deal with stress and whether we heal.
If you or someone you know has experienced life trauma this book could be very helpful.
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