Facts About Traumatic Disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common of the traumatic disorders. It’s typically brought on by memories of an extremely stressful event (or series of events). Although the most common scenario typically associated with PTSD are veterans returning from war, there are numerous other causes of PTSD. This can include physical or sexual assault or abuse, an accident (such as an airplane crash or a serious motor vehicle accident), or a mass disaster.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that more than 7.7 million people in the United States could be diagnosed as having a PTSD with women being more likely to have the disorder when compared to men.
The primary symptoms include a combination of the following:
- Intrusive thoughts recalling the traumatic event
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Efforts to avoid feelings and thoughts that either remind you of the traumatic event or that trigger similar feelings
- Feeling detached or unable to connect with loved ones
- Depression, hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Hypervigilance (being overly aware of possible danger)
- Chronic headaches
- Disrupted sleep, insomnia
I’ve worked with numerous people over the years who’ve struggled with PTSD, and helped them find relief from the troublesome effects of trauma. There are a number of effective treatment approaches that I’ve been trained in that help people heal from these mental and emotional wounds.
If you’re suffering from the aftermath of a traumatic event, please contact me so we can discuss possible treatment options and get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.