Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that impacts the brain and body. It often develops in response to a violent or life-threatening situation or event. The body’s “fight or flight” response is altered or damaged for those who suffer from PTSD.

The following symptoms are often associated with PTSD:

  • Flashbacks in which the person feels or acts as if the event is recurring
  • Frightening thoughts or memories
  • Distressing dreams related to the traumatic event(s)
  • Distress when exposed to situations associated with the event(s)
  • Intense emotional reactivity
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Numbness and detachment
  • Avoidance of loved ones, places or activities

Sometimes traumatic event(s) are not consciously remembered even when fear responses are present. Genetics and the nature of the trauma play a significant role in these fear responses and memories.

PTSD Treatment

PTSD can be debilitating and thus relationships with loves ones and effectiveness at work are often affected. PTSD treatment is often more complicated when one has been traumatized more than once or repeatedly. PTSD treatment may involve psychotherapy, medications or both- and has been shown to be effective.

Therapy for PTSD

It is essential that PTSD is treated at a pace that is comfortable for the person. Symptoms can be treated by methods such as relaxation training and deep breathing. The shame and guilt associated with trauma, however, take more time to address over the course of PTSD treatment. When one feels accepted and valued, it becomes more possible to process painful experiences.

How do I get started?

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a few of the symptoms described above, PTSD treatment should be considered. This includes an initial evaluation and a treatment plan tailored to your goals. If you have questions and would like a free 10-minute consultation, call or contact us.

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