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Raising Awareness and Keeping An Active Mind

June is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. According to the VA, PTSD is a mental illness that affects people who have experienced some sort of trauma, such as a car accident, being in the war, sexual assault or some other life-threatening event. It’s normal for anyone who has experienced any of these to feel shaken up afterward, but if months have passed and you are still afraid, reliving the incident in your mind and it’s affecting your daily level of functioning, you could be suffering from PTSD.

Complex PTSD awareness ribbon (teal). Attribution: http://traumadissociation.com Text added to image http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teal_ribbon.svg created by MesserWoland

The first thing you should do is consult your doctor. He/she will tell you if you are in fact suffering from PTSD and what you should do. There is treatment available. Many clinics and hospitals provide treatment for such patients and sometimes these treatments are effective. However, during the time I worked in behavioral health, I saw many patients who came in and were treated with medication and therapy and they left feeling okay, only to return the following month, and the next, and the next.

What happened? Our scientifically-based treatments produced the desired outcome for a short time. It was just a band aid for the deeper, invisible wounds inflicted by the trauma. While the person was within the protective walls of the institution, he responded well to treatment, but once he returned to his normal environment, those wounds resurfaced.

Is there a treatment that would penetrate the layers of pain and hopelessness and misery brought on by the trauma? I believe there is. I believe there is a Healer who can give you that inner peace and joy and wholeness you desire. His name is Jesus Christ. The reason He can do this is because “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53: 5).

Jesus suffered horribly and died for us all. He knows and understands what we are going through, and when He walked the face of this earth, He healed everyone who came to Him for healing. He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. What He did then, He can do now.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. – Matthew 4: 23

I believe in science and I believe in doctors. I think they are wonderful people, but if you have issues, physical or mental, that are not being resolved, maybe you need a deeper touch. Maybe you need Someone who made you, knows all about you and can fix you in a heartbeat. Nothing is impossible with Him. Will you call on Him today?