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A Playbook for Post-Traumatic Growth

How is it that two parents of children killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre were able to turn their heartbreak into something positive by founding Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence? It’s difficult to imagine at a time of tragedy, but life-altering trauma can give way to meaning, spurring people to create enduring, beneficial outcomes for the greater good.This is what psychologists call post-traumatic growth (PTG) — positive psychological changes that occur as part of a healing process. Researchers discovered that people who experience profound difficulties are more likely to experience PTG than they are to face post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which often brings intense anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, or intrusive thoughts.After a traumatic situation, people need time to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. The process of rebuilding changes how people perceive the world around them.

PTG happens when people resist being debilitated by trauma and lean into their strengths. By shifting their baseline perceptions of self and others, they allow something beneficial to develop.[Get This Free Download: Mindful Meditation for ADHD]Developing PTG begins with managing PTSD symptoms. Start by learning about trauma and seeking effective treatments for mind-body healing.

You can’t focus on growth if you’re sleepless, depressed, or suffering from physical pain. Follow these five steps to foster PTG:SUPPORT ADDITUDE Thank you for reading ADDitude. To support our mission of providing ADHD education and support, please consider subscribing.

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