PTSD & Trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious, potentially crippling condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed something traumatic (e.g., a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events). Signs of PTSD may start soon after a traumatic event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone and can dramatically affect your life and the people around you.
TREATMENT: Many people have benefited from the well-researched treatments for PTSD. Treatments for PTSD and trauma include prolonged exposure (PE), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and relaxation training (minimum 8-15 therapy sessions recommended).
PTSD & Trauma Symptoms
Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms)
- You may have nightmares.
- You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called a flashback.
- You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.
- You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.
- You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.
- If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.
- You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
- You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
- You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
- You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
- You may have a hard time sleeping.
- You may have trouble concentrating.
- You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
- You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
-BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON
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