Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic or terrifying event. For many, time and self-care can heal the trauma of such events, but for some, the experience leads to long-lasting symptoms that can interfere with daily activities. If these symptoms persist for months or years, you may have PTSD, and getting treatment is crucial to recovering from the trauma of your experience. We are here to help you process what you’ve been through, which can help reduce your symptoms and improve functioning.

Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types – intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories, including:

Intrusive Memories

Recurrent, unwanted and distressing memories of the event
Reliving the event (flashbacks)
Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the experience
Emotional distress triggered by things that remind you of the traumatic event

Avoidance

Trying to avoid thinking or talking about your experience
Avoiding places, people, and activities that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood

Feeling of hopelessness
Memory problems, which may include difficulty recalling important aspects of the event
Negative thoughts about yourself and others
Trouble maintaining relationships
Lack of interest in activities and hobbies you previously enjoyed
Feeling emotionally detached
Trouble experiencing positive emotions

Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions

Being easily startled or frightened
Feeling the need to be “on-guard” all the time
Sleep problems
Difficulty concentrating
Self-destructive or reckless behavior
Irritability and aggressive behavior
Overwhelming feelings of guilt or shame

We are a compassionate practice and know that the road to feeling yourself again can be overwhelming at times. We take the time to thoroughly assess your symptoms and history before we recommend a course of treatment for you. Options may include psychotherapy and/or medication. Our goal is to help you address your symptoms, think and feel better about yourself and the world, learn ways to cope with symptoms if they arise again, as well as treat any secondary problems such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

If you think you have PTSD or have been diagnosed with it previously, we are here to help you. Please contact us today at (757) 447-9005.

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