This week, we are featuring anxiety disorders.
Anxiety is a normal feeling that we all have, however when you have a constant and overwhelming fear and worry, you may have anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety.
Anxiety can have many symptoms that would affect the body in different ways, such as physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Anxiety disorders can be caused by multiple different factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, environmental stress, drug withdrawal/misuse, or a medical condition. It is important to get diagnosed and get therapy to know why you are experiencing anxiety.
Facts and statistics about Anxiety disorders:
Anxiety disorders can be caused by genetics or environmental reasons. Events, emotions, or experiences can cause symptoms of anxiety to worsen. These are called triggers. There are many things that can trigger someone’s anxiety. These can be internally, such as negative self-talk or unrealistic expectations. They can also be externally, such as major life changes, work or school, relationships, financial issues, etc.
Anxiety triggers are different for everyone but these are common triggers that someone with anxiety can be affected by. Some people may have multiple triggers. It is important to find what triggers your anxiety in order to manage the mental disorder.
If you have an anxiety disorder, it is important to find the best treatment strategy to help you cope with having a mental disorder. These coping mechanisms might include one or multiple different things and everyone with anxiety disorder will have a different coping strategy. Finding what is best for you is the most important.These are some long-term strategies that can help you cope with your anxiety disorder:
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms or if you think that you may have an anxiety disorder, please call one of these numbers below to get the help that you need. You are not alone.
This week, we are featuring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a traumatizing event.
Symptoms of PTSD include agitation, irritability, isolation, fear, anxiety, loss of interest in activities, insomnia, fear, flashbacks, and emotional detachment.
Facts and statistics about PTSD:
– 70% of adults experience 1 traumatic event in their lifetime
– 20% of people who experienced a traumatic event will be diagnosed with PTSD
– About 8 million people have PTSD each year
– 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD at some point in their life
There are a lot of things that can trigger someone’s PTSD such as a person, place, thing, or situation. The ones listed are only a few.
When faced with danger, your body gets ready to fight, flee, or freeze. Your brain stops some of its normal functions to deal with the threat, including your short-term memory. The brain attached details to the traumatic memory, which in turn becomes a trigger.
You can’t avoid all triggers, but you can learn to cope.
Some triggers are obvious but others may take time to identify and understand. These triggers can be external and internal.
Coping with PTSD can be difficult but with these tips, it can be manageable.
If you know someone with PTSD, you can do a few things to make their lives easier.
– Provide social support by being patient, educate yourself on their disorder, and don’t pressure them into talking about it.
– Be a good listener. Allow them to come to you and talk about what they are going through. Be interested in the conversation.
– Rebuild trust and safety by expressing your commitment to the relationship and keeping your promises.
– Anticipate and manage triggers by helping them get through their triggered reaction.
– Support treatment by emphasizing the benefits and encourage therapy.
If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, please reach out to us and we can help.
If an emergency, call 911
National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-283-8255
Open Arms want to ensure that everyone has information about mental health. This slide show gives information about mental health, myths surrounding mental health, warning signs that your mental health is struggling, and prevention and recovery for mental health. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need professional health. We will welcome anyone with open arms.
Becoming a foster parent may sound difficult and challenging. Fostering a child takes work and time, but the reward of caring for a child in need, outweighs the work it takes to make that happen.
In the beginning, parents must complete 40 hours of training. This training gives you the tools to decide if foster parenting is right for you and your family. There is additional training that will be provided by Open Arms to help you maintain your status as a therapeutic foster parent such as first aid, CPR, Medication Administration/Monitoring, and extra training on specific behaviors. Therapeutic foster care parents learn improved coping skills and how to manage some of the most challenging scenarios as part of training.
A good therapeutic foster parent is anyone who is ready to be a mentor and leader to a child. We look for parents who are open, compassionate, patient, and willing to open their homes and their hearts. In therapeutic foster care, the home is considered the primary treatment setting for the child or teen. Foster parents are provided a high level of training and preparation to accommodate the child or teen’s needs.
Out foster parents receive many support services from our staff such as:
First, give yourself a pat on the back for being an amazing person with an open and compassionate heart. You will be transforming the life of a child and we appreciate you more than you can possibly imagine.
Next, call or email Alicia Ryan, our Parent Relations and Area Director in Oklahoma City, at 405-765-9928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OR call or email Stephanie Woodard, our Parent Relations and Area Director in Tulsa, at 918-625-9484 or email@example.com
Alicia and Stephanie will answer any questions you may have and schedule a convenient time to meet. At that meeting, they will walk you step by step through the training and certification process and get you started on the exciting path to becoming an Oklahoma State-certified Therapeutic Foster Parent!