Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety and mental condition that develops as the result of experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. Trauma is a shocking and scary event that you see, or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or think that you have no control over what is happening.
Counseling can help
In PTSD Counseling, we commonly discover that patients are survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence or crime, with a large number of patients being soldiers returning from war. There’s no definition as to what counts as a traumatic experience. Trauma becomes a relative term in PTSD Counseling, since the same event may be perceived differently by people. Studies have shown that what causes shock to a murder witness may not be a trigger to a war veteran.
PTSD may occur as the result of sexual assault, the threat of death, serious injury or from witnessing an accident. Due to its variety of causes, the diagnosis can sometimes be difficult to define, but is typically characterized by recurring flashbacks, numbness of memories and hyperarousal.
Talk to start the healing
Typically, the individual will persistently try to avoid all thoughts, emotions, and discussion of the traumatic event. May even experience amnesia in association with their stressor. However, the trauma never entirely goes away. It lingers, leaving the individual to experience repeatedly the events through intrusive flashbacks and nightmares. In PTSD Counseling, we teach that PTSD knows no discrimination, leaving men, women and children of all ethnicities, heritages, and backgrounds susceptible to developing the condition. Your culture may also affect how you react to trauma. For example, people from groups that are open and willing to talk about problems may be more willing to seek help
PTSD can lead to Addiction
It’s common for alcohol and drug abuse to co-occur with PTSD as a form of self-treatment. Substance abuse prolongs PTSD Counseling and treatment, as drug and alcohol abuse increases anxiety rate. Therefore, the abuse must first be treated before any real healing for PTSD can occur and resolving these issues can bring a marked improvement in the individual’s health both mentally and physically.