In this episode of The BOLO Podcast, we're a little over seven days since the Las Vegas mass shooting known as "1 October." We invited back our psychologists, Dr.'s Gisette and Mike Uthoff, to help out our followers and anyone who may need some help and encouragement.
The doctors want everyone to know it's normal to have different feelings and that through conversation, activity, and therapy, you can get on a road to healing.
The BOLO Podcast crew continue to pray for all those affected by this tragic event and can't thank the brave first responders and civilians who sprung into action to render help to those in need.
- Possible physical aftereffects of the incident may include digestive issues, nightmares, panic attacks, insomnia, fatigue, heart issues. This is a result of your body reacting to the trauma.
- When exposed to traumatic incidents your mind shuts down and is stored in your body and starts to react physically.
- Physical responses to trauma are normal and expected.
- Numbness typically is the first step, followed by a flood of emotions once things have settled down.
- The best way to stop the scenes from repeating in your head is RTEP (Recent Traumatic Event Protocol) This type of treatment has the abilities to prevent PTSD from settling in.
- PTSD sets in after 1 month.
- Anything between 2 weeks and a month is acute stress disorder.
- Your body tricks you into thinking you're okay with numbness as a way of surviving.
- RTEP locks in on particular disturbances they experienced during the traumatic event. (Ex. gunshots, survival guilt, smells, bodies, etc.)
- Alcohol and drugs will make the healing process worse.
- Spouses and friends should look out for any change of what was normal for the person before.
- Ask your partner what it is that they need.
- The most effective remedy for PTSD is to make the internal external, talk it out.
- Blacking out and not remembering the incident clearly is a reaction to trauma.
- EMDR is backed by The World Health Organization, it is the only treatment to completely eradicate the disorder.
- First responders have the training to overwrite fear in their brain when in a dangerous situation.
- If you have a fear of going out into society, find a therapist that will make a house call and keep you in your safe space.
- Pay attention to the signals your body is giving you such as anxiety, heart computations, etc. and take care of them to help you through it.
- You may not "need" therapy, but if you want to have a better life, it should be considered.
- If you feel numb you are disconnected and don't have the ability to feel happy, sad, mad, or excited.
- No one is impervious to traumatic incidents, including first responders.
- Being open that trauma is a part of being a first responder, but be mindful and don't let the incidents build up inside of you or suppress them.
- Angry is depression expressed outwardly. Particularly in men.
- Men don't associate themselves as weak if they are angry, so it's a comfortable way for them to express themselves. There is always something beneath the anger.
- Parents can explain PTSD to their children by normalizing the condition about the event.
- Make sure that your children are open to you about how they are feeling and you can help them through it.
- Be transparent with your children and prepare them for what you're dealing with.
- Children 10 and under, if they don't understand the situation will blame themselves.
- When reaching out to someone put boundaries on the conversation. Avoid bringing in political views.
- Hypervigilance is not a bad thing, but don't allow it to consume you.
- Ways to deal with depression without meds include: changing your diet, exercises, herbal supplements, journaling is a great way to vent and decrease depression.
- Situational depression vs. biological/neurological depression are very different.
- Exercising 24-48 hours after trauma helps to get the cortisol out of your system.
- Keep your normal routine.
- Traumatic incidents can trigger untreated situations that you may have experienced in the past.
- Be honest with what is going on with you emotionally and psychically after the incident.
- If you aren't ready with treatment it is not going to work. Be honest with yourself in realizing when you need help and why.
- It is normal to repeat emotions or experience one or more emotions.
- When dealing with teenagers who can somewhat grasp the situation- be transparent, change in behavior, make adult support apparent, don't try to fix everything for them, let them come to their emotions on their own, and get them into therapy.
- Kids are more open and resilient and respond better to treatment because of these traits.
- Understand that if you experienced the Las Vegas
- Time doesn't heal all but is an element. What you do with that time to contribute to healing is the important part.
- Building comfortable rapport with your therapist and build a professional relationship will allow you to open up.
*The doctors will be back with us next month for a follow-up episode. If you have any questions for them please DM us on Instagram, Facebook or email us through our website.
The following articles were mentioned in this weeks episode:
Children's Book: http://thepainbehindthebadge.com/shop/daddy-worry-you-book/
Information on EMDR go to:https://www.thebolopodcast.com/episodes/e36
For a list of EMDR doctors go to: http://emdria.site-ym.com/?
Full list of resources for relief and counseling: http://news3lv.com/news/local/full-list-trauma-relief-and-counseling-services-available-following-las-vegas-shooting?utm_content=buffer8f692&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Iraq veteran took stranger's truck to transport Las Vegas shooting victims: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/us/las-vegas-shooting-witness-taylor-winston-anderson-cooper-cnntv/index.html
Airlines Helping Victims and their families: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/airlines-offer-free-flights-for-las-vegas-victims-families/
The Counseling Team International: https://thecounselingteam.com/about/staff/