DIVING WITH PTSD

What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental health condition that is caused by traumatic incidents. This is especially common among war veterans and rescue workers because of the harrowing experiences they have to endure over fairly long periods. The treatment of PTSD is a process that takes a lot of time and includes both psychological treatments and medication. Several diving programs have already been developed in America as a method for recreational therapy in addition to PTSD treatments for those suffering from PTSD.

Development and symptoms of PTSD
The severity of PTSD can vary enormously from person to person for various reasons. These include how long the traumatic event lasted, how emotionally the person was involved in the event that took place, the level of control that the person left when it was at that event and also how much support and support the person has had after the traumatic event.

More often than not, people with PTSD tend to alienate themselves from society and live a remote life. This can make the condition even more serious over time. While for some individuals PTSD symptoms can start immediately after a traumatic incident, there are many cases where the symptoms sometimes appear years later, making it difficult for them to understand the cause.

Having recurring memories and frequent nightmares of the event are two of the most common symptoms of PTSD – these are called flashback or re-living symptoms. The tendency to strictly avoid people or places related to the traumatic event that drastically changed your confidence and confidence are some of the other symptoms. The feeling of illogical anxiety or shame going hand in hand with the first symptoms resulted in being paranoid or hyper-excited at all times.

7 Reasons why diving can help with PTSD
Diving can be used as a positive side activity that is accompanied by psychological treatments and medication programs that must stabilize/ improve or restore health status. First of all, diving encourages people to go to the most picturesque destinations for diving from the seclusion of their home. Meeting with fellow sufferers helps them not only to see new places, but also to have positive social interactions.

1. Build trust
Especially for war veterans and aid workers who suffer from PTSD, diving offers a physical activity that is safe and enjoyable, and that inspires confidence. Exposure to sunlight and healthy vitamin D is also known as a reduction of mental disorders in a healthy and harmless way.

2. Making life bearable with PTSD
Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin in the body, which can stabilize/ improve or restore the recovery process both mentally and physically. Diving is a skill that you must learn, and this learning process can keep the mind of the person away from thinking of the traumatic incident. Positive distraction is one of the most proven methods of treatments for PTSD. The more you are passionate about the activity, the faster you will stabilize/ improve or recover from the traumatic stress conditions.

3. Make new friends
Diving courses are usually given in groups, which means that people with PTSD can meet fellow sufferers who share the same passion as they do. Having a friend or a companion with whom they can converse and share their experiences can lead to openness about the circumstances they normally hide.

4. Group support
This can be another person who suffers from PTSD or someone who has led a very different life from the person. If you have a friend to share your experiences with while stabilizing/ improving or recovering from PTSD, it becomes not only easier but also more bearable than when you live in isolation. Another important advantage of diving as a stabilizing/ improving or recovery method for PTSD is the physical benefits that individuals receive. A traumatic condition can cause them to develop habits such as excessive consumption of food that can lead to obesity or the opposite of it, which can cause anorexia.

5. Active and healthy lifestyle
Both conditions can be prevented by participating in a positive physical activity such as diving. Trained muscles in the body provide better and healthier cardiovascular endurance that also helps to stabilize/ improve or restore PTSD.

6. Spectacular therapeutic views
Diving also includes the interaction with beautiful underwater life including many marine animals. Observing and interacting with animals lowers and stabilizes a person’s heartbeat, which helps to better control the stress attacks that you can get through PTSD.

7. New passion and prospects
Most people who go diving during stabilization/ improvement or recovery tend to continue the activity even after. Having a hobby or a habit that they are passionate about gives a new purpose to their lives, which will positively influence their lives in general.

Conclusion
Although there are many ways and stabilization/ improvement or recovery processes regarding PTSD, diving is a great alternative with elements of fun with a group of like-minded people, great underwater therapeutic image, interaction with marine animals and adopting an active lifestyle and a new passion or hobby such as underwater video-/ photography.

PADI logo
SSI logo
CMAS logo
NOB logo