Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects many people worldwide. According to Neil Greenberg, a leading expert on psychological trauma, PTSD can cause changes across four domains: cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and somatic.
PTSD sufferers can experience negative thoughts and emotions, leading to a pessimistic outlook on life. They may also have feelings of worthlessness, anger, or emotional numbness, which can be challenging to manage.
People with PTSD can experience heightened emotions, such as anxiety, sadness, and anger, which can be triggered by memories of the traumatic event. Emotional numbness is also common and can lead to a lack of interest in everyday life.
PTSD sufferers can avoid social situations, not talk about the traumatic event, or avoid the specific situation or location where the trauma occurred. Additionally, they may experience physical symptoms such as chest pains, bowel problems, nausea, or feeling jumpy.
Somatic changes can include physical symptoms, such as aches and pains, dizziness, or blurred vision. These symptoms are often linked to the heightened emotional state caused by PTSD.
PTSD is a challenging condition to manage, but some therapies can help manage the symptoms. The Reorg Jiu-Jitsu charity offers jiu-jitsu as a therapy for PTSD. This therapy has been shown to help alleviate some symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety and depression.
And if you’ve done BJJ you’ll recognize how it helps in every single one of these arenas – from self worth to helping you stave off anxiety.
Reorg has their headquarters in south-west London and are often promoted by Hollywood star Tom Hardy.
A number of Reorg representatives recently spoke with Men’s Health in an in depth editorial providing a deeper look into how the charity operates:
“If you don’t know where to train jiu-jitsu, Reorg can find the nearest vetted academy to you. If you don’t know anyone there and are apprehensive about going, Reorg can inform the coach to expect you and give you their name and number.”
“If you don’t have any kit, Reorg can hook you up. If money is tight, Reorg can assist with your fees. And if jiu-jitsu isn’t for you, Reorg now works with functional fitness facilities, too.”
Reorg team also hosts an Open BJJ Championship in Wolverhampton as well as fundraising 24-hour Roll marathons.
John Davis is a dedicated practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having first started training in the martial art in 2011. Despite facing significant knee issues that have sidelined him for a period, John remains passionate about the sport and continues to follow all the latest developments in the BJJ community.