post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may try to
deal with problems in ways that cause more harm than good. This is called
negative coping. Negative coping means you use quick fixes that may make a
situation worse in the long run.
Halloween is nigh, and along with the parade of adorable elves and fairies
knocking on your door come some more disturbing phenomena: scary haunted
houses, wild parties and, perhaps most jarringly, a new onslaught of ghastly
horror films. This year the biggest new release will be Saw IV, the
fourth installment of a tale of a psycho who delights in putting his victims
through ever more elaborate and deadly traps.
Scary movies are nothing new, but films like those in the Saw and
Taking a lot of drugs or alcohol
to feel better is called
substance abuse. You may try to use drugs or alcohol
to escape your problems, help you sleep, or make your symptoms go away.
Substance abuse can cause serious problems. Drinking or using drugs can
put your relationships, your job, and your health in jeopardy. You may become
more likely to be mean or violent. When you are under the influence of alcohol
or drugs, you may make bad decisions.
Certain situations may cause you
stress, make you angry, or remind you of bad memories. Because of this, you may
try to avoid other people at times. You may even avoid your friends and
Avoiding others can make you feel isolated. Isolation is
when you tend to be alone a lot, rather than spending time around other
When you distance yourself from others, your problems may
seem to build up. You may have more negative thoughts or feel like you're
facing life all alone.
Anger and violent behavior
You may feel a lot of
anger at times. Your anger may cause you to lose your temper and do reckless
things. You may distance yourself from people who want to help.
This is understandable. It's natural to feel angry after going through
something traumatic. But anger and violent behavior can cause problems in your
life and make it harder for you to recover.
You also may cope by doing
things that are dangerous. For example, you may drive too fast or be quick to
start a fight when someone upsets you. You may end up hurting yourself or
How you deal with stress also can be dangerous. If
you start smoking, or smoke more, you put your health in danger. Eating to
relieve stress also can be dangerous if you gain too much weight.