Frustrating Times

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After nearly three months of lockdown many of us will be feeling frustrated with the situation. Many like me will be frustrated to learn that the governments Chief Advisor broke lockdown rules at the beginning of lockdown and is still in his position, refusing to apologise for what he did and only seemingly having a press conference because he was sorry that he got caught. Lockdown rules have begun to ease however there is still a long way to go until the world returns to some form of normality, especially with different countries taking different approaches.
The Black Lives Matter movement has also gained more support following yet another death of an unarmed black man caused by a white Police Officer in the United States of America. This has led to worldwide mostly peaceful protests. I say mostly peaceful as sadly some protests have been infiltrated by thugs who are using them to start riots. Again, we are seeing different countries taking different responses. The President of the United States has said he would send in the military to end the protests if the State Governors and Police do not stop the protest, while the Mayor of Bristol has praised the way the Police in Bristol have dealt calmly with protesters. I have also seen social media videos of people trying to belittle people who say All Lives Matter. All lives do matter, however sadly there is still an ongoing issue in some countries where black and other minority ethnic groups are still facing discrimination that can only be understood by people who have gone through it. Sticking with USA the country currently has its 45th President. Out of 45 Presidents 44 have been white men. For a country that claims all men are created equal the fact that all but one of their Presidents has White European decent should give people reading this reason to think.
I do not want to turn this into a political rant, like many people I am missing my family and hope that lockdown ends soon so that I can not only visit my family and friends but get back to lifting weights and return to some form of normality.

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ PTSD is a serious Anxiety disorder caused by frightening, distressing or stressful events. There are many causes for PTSD such as:
• War
• Serious road accidents
• Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
• Serious health problems
• Childbirth experiences

There are many more possible reasons an individual may develop PTSD and will be unique to the individual. For some individual’s PTSD will be an immediate response to a situation, for other individuals it can develop years after the event occurred. PTSD is thought to effect one in three people who have had a traumatic experience in their lives. The NHS website say’s it is not clear why some people develop PTSD and others do not.
Complex PTSD can develop in people who have reported severe traumatic symptoms such as neglect, violence, or abuse. People with Complex PTSD can show the same signs and symptoms as PTSD although they may take longer to develop. The earlier the trauma occurred in the individual’s life the effects can be more severe.
People who have PTSD often relives the event through flashbacks, nightmares and may feel isolation, irritability, or guilt. This guilt could occur because of one person surviving a traumatic situation, yet their friend died. This could take the form of survivor’s guilt. People with PTSD may have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life. I am sure that if PTSD was known about and understood at the time, many of the soldiers in both World Wars who were executed for desertion would have been treated for PTSD.
It is perfectly normal for people to feel upset after a traumatic experience and it is important to highlight that not every negative situation will not lead to PTSD. As mentioned earlier PTSD is believed to affect one out of three people. That means that two out of three people will not develop PTSD. If however you or somebody your care about are still struggling with a traumatic situation after roughly four weeks or if the symptoms get worse you should seek the advice of your GP and request referral to a Mental Health specialist.
PTSD can be treated with a variety of treatments such as:
• Watchful waiting – monitoring your symptoms to see whether they improve or get worse without treatment
• Antidepressants – such as paroxetine or mirtazapine
• Psychological therapies – such as trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

The subject of PTSD is too large to give justice to in a simple blog. If you would like to know more then click on the links below.
Useful Links:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/about-ptsd
http://www.ptsduk.org/what-is-ptsd/
http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/problems-disorders/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE-day

Today is VE day, May 8th, 2020. May 8th 1945 marked the end of Europe’s involvement in World War Two. VE stands for Victory in Europe, when Germany surrendered and the full extent of what the Nazi party had inflicted on millions of people including Jew’s, Gypsies, political prisoners, and prisoners of war during the Holocaust. In normal times VE day would be celebrated with street parties and memorial services across the country however this year with the current Covid-19 lockdown measures people have had to adjust how they commemorate VE day.
I am aware that the number of people alive who lived through World War Two is continuing to fall, meaning that there is an ever-increasing number of people can not comprehend the sacrifice made during World War Two. What I will finish this post with is that for the selfish, self- entitled people who think it is funny to break the current lockdown measures, or who think that they are being victimised by the government through lockdown measures, take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. Not just today but everyday and think about the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces who fought on the battlefield but the civilians who went to sleep every night not knowing if they would wake up the next day yet still did their part. We are being asked to stay home to stop the spread of Covid-19.