Health & Safety

April 5, 2013

Weed Army Community Hospital Infection Prevention Program update

Post traumatic stress disorders do not automatically cause problems with alcohol use; there are many people with PTSD who do not have problems with alcohol. However, PTSD and alcohol together can be serious trouble for the trauma survivor and his or her family. Symptoms of PTSD often are worsened by alcohol use.

•Although alcohol can provide a temporary feeling of distraction and relief, it also reduces the ability to concentrate, enjoy life and be productive

• Excessive alcohol use can impair one’s ability to sleep restfully and to cope with trauma memories and stress

•Alcohol use and intoxication also increases emotional numbing, social isolation, anger and irritability, depression, and the feeling of needing to be on guard (hyper vigilance)

• Alcohol use disorders reduce the effectiveness of PTSD treatment

Many individuals with PTSD experience sleep disturbances (trouble falling asleep or problems with waking up frequently after falling asleep). When a person with PTSD experiences sleep disturbances, using alcohol as a way to self-medicate becomes a double-edged sword. Alcohol use may appear to help symptoms of PTSD because the alcohol may decrease the severity and number of frightening nightmares commonly experienced in PTSD. However, alcohol use may, on the other hand, continue the cycle of avoidance found in PTSD, making it ultimately much more difficult to treat PTSD because the client’s avoidance behavior prolongs the problems being addressed in treatment. Also, when a person withdraws from alcohol, nightmares often increase.

Individuals with a combination of PTSD and alcohol use problems often have additional mental or physical health problems. As many as 10-50 percent of adults with alcohol use disorders and PTSD also have one or more of the following serious disorders:

• Anxiety disorders (such as panic attacks, phobias, incapacitating worry, or compulsions)

• Mood disorders (such as major depression or a dysthymic disorder)

• Disruptive behavior disorders (such as attention deficit or antisocial personality disorder)

• Addictive disorders (such as addiction to or abuse of street or prescription drugs)

• Chronic physical illness (such as diabetes, heart disease, or liver disease)

• Chronic physical pain due to physical injury/illness or due to no clear physical cause

(Information for this article gathered from a fact sheet courtesy of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Department of Veterans Affairs)

 

Prevention

To help prevent the spread of RSV, people who have cold-like symptoms should:

• Cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

• Wash their hands often with soap and water for 15–20 seconds

• Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others

• Refrain from kissing others

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
moderate_intensity

Maintain healthy weight, improve attitude, perform at your best

Continuing with our Activity-Nutrition-Sleep educational series, this month I’m going to summarize some of the Performance Triad activity recommendations. Being physically active can help you: maintain a healthy weight; impro...
 
 
3

These Soldiers keep you fit for duty

Army Master Fitness Instructor Henry Tyler, with the Army Physical Fitness School, Victory College, Fort Jackson, S.C., describes the proper technique when conducting the lunge walk, Aug. 26.   After a grueling 19 days of ...
 
 
Sleep_Triad_image

Treat underlying cause of insomnia to resolve sleep problems

The focus of the Army Performance Triad is on Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition – key actions that influence health in the “Lifespace” of time that isn’t spent with a healthcare provider. Insomnia can be torturous. It is o...
 

 
Photo from army.mil

Alert bicyclists, considerate drivers needed

Photo from army.mil Helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders on Fort Irwin. In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in accidents in the United States with California ranking second in the nation for the highest number of bicycle fa...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

Choosing to be a survivor

Gustavo Bahena Comedian Steve Verret interacts with the audience at a suicide awareness presentation here, Sept. 4. Evita De La Cruz shared a very compelling and emotional experience with the Fort Irwin community, Sept. 4 and 5...
 
 
Motorcycle-Training-Range

Motorcycle mentors ensure safety for riders

Troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment participate in a motorcycle inspection and riding drill at the Motorcycle Training Range here, Aug. 1. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Motorcycle Safety Ride, Aug. 1. ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin