Daily Archives: January 12, 2018

Guide to Getting Help For PTSD

a soldier fighting P.T.S.D.After a traumatic or life-threatening event, some people develop nightmares, flashbacks, and other distressing symptoms that affect their daily activities. Good thing professional help is available to get their life back on track.

One in three people who have survived violence, abuse, or a life-threatening event, such as a road accident or a childbirth emergency, develop long-term symptoms in response to the event. Unless you get the right treatment or consult a psychiatrist in Westport, these symptoms may continue to worsen. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, for example, may interfere with your ability to function and think properly.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Repetitive nightmares about the event
  • Flashbacks (reliving the memory as if it is actually happening (often triggered by a sound or smell that reminds them of the event)
  • Feeling sad all the time
  • Not being able to stop thinking about the event or blaming themselves for it
  • Finding it hard to form or maintain relationships with people
  • Avoiding people or places that remind them of the event
  • Hyper arousal (easy startle reflex, feeling ‘on edge’ all the time without being able to relax)
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to concentrate or enjoy the things they used to do, such as reading
  • Anger

Some people with PTSD begin to drink alcohol or take painkillers in an effort to cope with their symptoms. There is another way: trauma therapy obtained through a local psychiatrist can help them take control of their life.

Treatment for PTSD

One of the most successful treatments for PTSD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of treatment uses various techniques to desensitize a patient to stressful stimuli and help them change their thought patterns and move forward. This is done by exposure therapy (confronting fears repeatedly), identifying negative thought patterns and behavior so that steps can be taken to change them, and counseling to teach new coping mechanisms.

PTSD may occur after life-threatening events. Symptoms such as nightmares and hyper vigilance can become unmanageable and prevent normal function, but trauma therapy can help heal the past and offer new coping skills for the future.

How Web Design Will Look Like in 2018

Web Design conceptWeb design trends change almost every year. With 2018 right around the corner, people can expect new visual and functional trends to emerge. Providers of managed IT services here in New Jersey and beyond will have to keep up.

These trends change because of numerous reasons. Some can be attributed to industry demand, others due to clamor for better user experience. Either way, the year 2018 will bring a new range of trends to follow in the web design landscape. Here are a few.

Goodbye Flat Design?

Web design expert Will Grant hopes that more visual variety will emerge. In particular, he would like a little more deviations from the “standard” flat design that many professionals favored this year. There is science to back this up.

According to research by Nielsen, roughly 22 percent of users find it hard to navigate through a flat design. While there is no way to prove that this number will go up or down, one can expect changes in the coming year.

It is a Serif World Again

Flat design always comes with the use of sans-serif fonts. These fonts are without serifs or small lines that finish off a stroke when drawing a letter. But with 2018 coming in, perhaps fonts like Times New Roman will return to the spotlight.

Much negative talk surrounds fonts like TNR, but websites such as that of Kickstarter are starting to bring it back. Who knows whether other sites will follow Kickstarter’s lead?

Minimalism Still Reigns

First, flat and minimalist designs are two different things. As flat goes a bit out of style, minimalist still reigns as king. Design expert Paul Jarvis believes that this philosophy will never go out of style. The year 2018 may see numerous developments to the minimalist design.

It may see added functions and more bright colors, though one should not expect anything too crazy. It is minimalism, after all.

It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be a good year in web design. Here is to hoping there will not be anything bad that comes out of it in terms of both visuals and function.