PTSD-Related Avoidance Avoided With This Coping Technique

May 22, 2017 Tia Hollowood

You can minimize PTSD-related avoidance by breaking outings into small steps. Learn how this PTSD-related avoidance coping skill can save your vacation. Watch.

I have a bad habit and it's about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related avoidance. I make plans with the best of intentions, only to cancel them at the last minute. Does this sound familiar to you? As many times as this has happened, I continue to experience a disconnect between the willingness to participate in an event when I make plans, and the utter desire to avoid leaving my room when it is time to go. However, I have found that breaking outings into steps reduces PTSD-related avoidance.

Minimize PTSD-Related Avoidance

In this video, I discuss how I recently used a form of task analysis to break up the steps of a solo outing while on vacation. What could have been a day in the hotel room watching movies ended up being a fantastic adventure.

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June, 1 2017 at 2:07 am

Thank you so, so much!!! I love you! You just helped me immensely. I didn't think it was normal to keep avoiding things but hearing you discuss it made me feel so much better about it!! Now I won't sit here going, "WHAT is WRONG with me!!??" <3

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June, 1 2017 at 2:41 am

Mylisa, I'm so happy to read your comment. You and I are definitely not alone in this. T.

May, 29 2017 at 5:03 pm

This is awesome Tia, thanks for sharing

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May, 29 2017 at 8:15 pm

You're welcome. I'm so glad you found it useful. The videos are my biggest challenge!

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