Helping Rape Survivors Defeat PTSD/PTRS

The RINJ Foundation medical practitioners have become very talented in identifying PTSD and PTRS.

The most stressful events we encounter that contribute to this form of mental illness include:

  1. Childhood Rape
  2. Gender-Based Violence
  3. Rape and Attempted Murder (many women, children and men escape a violent rapist who is trying to kill them after the rape crime to prevent there being a criminal case with a survivor/witness testifying against them)
  4. War

Post traumatic rape disorders are serious mental illness problems despite male society’s denial and minimization efforts.

These patients, although the nature of the illness is to be reclusive and not seek help, desperately need assistance to return to a normal life.

If they do not receive the appropriate care, or manage to sort through the issues by talking to a trusted friend and coping, they may not survive the illness. A very high percentage of rape survivors commit suicide.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTRS Symptoms

We can tell you in all honesty that from the minute that a patient contacts us looking for help, their new happiness begins. That’s very true. Just knowing you have done something to start ‘fixing’ your darkest nightmares, is a happy relief.

What Can You Expect From A Treatment Program

To find out, you will need to start. :o)
We can tell you here that you will gradually meet others with the same issues and it will surprise you how similar the symptoms are.

So that’s group therapy.

We would like you to read this document. It’s primarily intended for ‘Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve’ veterans coming from Iraq. We have used this doctrine for treating our own clinic security providers and caregivers alike. The more you learn, the better you will feel.

You are not alone. RINJ-dealing-with-PTSD

More about symptoms and why: RINJ-ptrs-ptsd_gbv-war-stress_english

You are going to talk about what happened with people who have had similar experiences.

Cognitive therapy is helpful for some patients. That’s pretty much one-on-one with a medical practitioner or mental health counsellor.

You are going to become well and in fact, you will likely be light years ahead of where you would have been had this traumatic experience not occurred.

Surviving is a very instinctive thing. Our minds and bodies have built in maximum-effort attributes for achieving survival. And when you survive a significant crisis you are actually a better person for the experience with the right treatment.

So, you are not going to be just feeling better, you will be a lot better than ever.

Don’t be afraid to ask for

Anger management

Techniques to reduce levels of anger and irritability with others are important. Strategies that are commonly used include the following:

  1. Education to understand the nature and purpose of anger
  2. Methods of identifying early warning signs of stress and irritability
  3. Methods of identifying high risk situations and how to prepare for them
  4. Methods of realistically re-evaluating the situation, keeping it in perspective
  5. Strategies to reduce arousal and stay calm in difficult situations
  6. Effective communication methods (verbal and non-verbal)
  7. Differentiating assertive from aggressive behaviour
  8. Problem solving strategies to effectively deal with disagreements
  9. Distraction and removal techniques to avoid “flare-ups”
  10. Practice in imagined and real-life situations

Management of depression

People with PTSD or PTRS frequently develop symptoms of depression. Some strategies to reduce and manage depression are:

  1. Increasing positive, enjoyable events and scheduling these into daily living
  2. Resolving the underlying assumptions and beliefs about the self (e.g., “I’m a worthless failure”) or the world (e.g., “Nobody cares about me”) that can lead to feelings of sadness and depression
  3. Identifying patterns of depressive thoughts on a day-to-day basis,
  4. Realistically evaluating and challenging negative beliefs and thoughts, and
  5. Rational, realistic coping self-talk.

Medication self-management

Medication is frequently used to help manage severe PTSD symptoms (although, on its own, it will not change the underlying problems and should be combined with psychotherapy treatment). To minimize unintended difficulties associated with medication, the following strategies are frequently used:

  1. Education about the use and effect of the substance,
  2. Education about possible side-effects and activities or substances to avoid,
  3. Methods of keeping track of medication use,
  4. Discussing the effects and desire to change medication with your psychiatrist, and
  5. Methods of reducing and stopping medication intake.

Substance abuse. A serious health issue.

Many people with PTSD attempt to cope or “self-medicate” with excessive amounts of alcohol and inappropriate drug use (including prescribed drugs). Treatment for substance abuse:

  1. Decisions regarding total abstinence versus controlled use of the drug,
  2. Recording “danger” times and identifying patterns of use,
  3. Developing coping strategies for high risk times,
  4. Assertiveness training for when others are applying peer pressure,
  5. Planning and scheduling activities not associated with the substance, and
  6. Response prevention methods of resisting the ‘urge’.

Sleep disturbance

Many sufferers of PTSD/PTRS report disturbances of sleep.

Several strategies may be useful in addressing the difficulty of going to sleep, waking repeatedly throughout the night, or waking early in the morning. It is common for therapists to assist clients in developing a healthy sleep routine in line with the suggestions provided above. Other strategies, including medication, may be adopted when those are not proving effective.

Relationship difficulties

People who have been traumatized often lose track of whom and what they can trust in the world. This often has a major impact on relationships. To address the difficulties that can occur between couples and family members, PTSD/PTRS sufferers are frequently taken through a range of strategies to improve relationships.

Some of the methods used may include active listening (how to really listen to your partner or children), communication training (how to say effectively what you need and feel), and problem solving (how to solve everyday problems without fighting). Some of this may occur with the survivor alone and some with their partner.

Separate support and counselling for the partner is often beneficial. Sometimes family therapy is provided, where the whole family meets to address their issues, with the aim of developing a healthy environment for all.

Exposure therapy Confronting feared situations

Children present a another dimension in PTSD/PTSR treatments. If only mankind could exclude children from its violence.

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