Every home faces at least one potential theft, burglary, and unwanted invasion. Having an advanced security system is beneficial to all homeowners and renters, including the ones who suffer from PTSD. However, alarms, bells, whistles and loud sounds might complicate things. The definition of PTSD is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occuring after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, car accident or sexual assault. Those dealing with PTSD may have constant or frequent vivid recall of the experience, disturbance of sleep, anxiety and other symptoms. 

Perhaps a security system can help with those feelings. It is best to learn about the system and how it can provide a sense of safety and peace of mind.

Learn more about the different features and benefits of securing your home.

Closed-circuit Video Monitoring

Rest assured knowing that 24-hour video surveillance cameras are active. Watch any activity that occurs in the house from any computer that you run. You could be traveling 1,000 miles away from your house and still know what’s going on. This tool is particularly useful if you have children, elderly residents or people with special needs at home.

Emergency Response Systems

Most security systems have features that provide easy access to emergency personnel. If a burglary occurs, the alarm goes off automatically and alerts the police. For a medical emergency, press one button that connects you to an ambulance or local doctor.

Automatic Alerts and Alarms

When an intruder enters the front door, you and the other residents must be alerted. It must be a loud, profound alert to warn every one of the dangers in the house. No other warning is more efficient than a loud alarm. It goes off automatically if the house is entered without the use of a key or passcode. Also, some systems allow you to receive automatic alerts on your phone. If you cannot hear the alarm, you at least receive a text or phone call.

Alarms for Hypersensitive Residents

Some military and veterans are known to have many negative experiences which result in the development of psychological disorders. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common diagnosis with symptoms that include anxiety, panic attacks, depression and may lead to substance abuse. Many are hypersensitive to certain sounds and images that they encounter in their household. Car alarms, home alarms or loud door bangs may trigger certain memories for them.

Fortunately, there are companies that provide an elaborate variety of product features. For hearing impaired people, there are security systems with flashing lights and vibrations that go off instead of loud alarms. People with PTSD should consider this option or merely turn down the volume if they don’t want to hear a loud alarm. They still get all the benefits of a traditional security system.

People with PTSD can be highly sensitive to their surroundings. They do not respond favorably to loud noises or sudden alarms. That doesn’t mean that they should avoid getting a home security system, though. There are plenty of options for people to build custom-made systems for their homes.

Sources

Protect Your Home

DoDLive

HelpGuide

Department of Veterans Affairs