If you, your child, or another loved one has PTSD, then you probably already know that symptoms of PTSD can be unpredictable in which that they can happen at any moment. Some PTSD symptoms to look out for are avoidance, negative thoughts, and emotional distress. And because it is PTSD Awareness Month and National Safety Month, we will be creating a safety plan for ourselves, our kids, or our loved ones with PTSD to ensure safety for everyone and to remind ourselves coping strategies that help us when we suddenly feel distressed or confronted with a crises.
Here are a few things you may want to consider adding to the safety plan:
- Identify what triggers that will or may cause emotional distress (e.g. seeing people/places that reminds you of your traumatic event, holidays, seeing a certain scene on a TV show, smells, etc.).
- Create a list of emergency numbers, including medical professionals, therapists, and/or other supportive people that you trust.
- If you or your loved one is on medication for PTSD, make sure that you have it available and accessible in case you find yourself in a situation where you need it to help manage your symptoms.
- Think ahead and identify ways of coping should you or your loved one are experiencing distress.
- Learn the early warning signs of PSTD symptoms (e.g. changes in thoughts, mood, and behavior).