Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma- and stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to an event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm occurred or was threatened. People who are likely to suffer from the disorder include members of the military, rescue workers, and survivors of shootings, bombings, violence, and sexual assualt. However, trauma looks different to each individual and it is possible to experience PTSD after betrayal, accidents, significant loss, natural disasters, and other incidents. Even family members of people with PTSD can develop the disorder through vicarious trauma.
If you are concerned that a traumatic experience has been or is causing you problems, please call the counselors at Evolution Wellness in Wellington. We have the experience and training to help you learn to cope with this disorder.
PTSD affects about 8 million American adults and can occur at any age, including childhood. Women are more likely to develop the disorder than men, and there is some evidence that it may run in families. PTSD is frequently accompanied by depression, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. When other conditions are appropriately diagnosed and treated, the likelihood of successful treatment increases.
When symptoms develop immediately after exposure and persist for up to a month, the condition may be called acute stress disorder. PTSD is diagnosed when the stress symptoms following exposure have persisted for over a month. Delayed expression of PTSD can occur if symptoms arise six months or more following the onset of trauma.
PTSD is caused by a complex mix of stressful experiences (including the amount and severity of trauma you’ve gone through in your life), inherited mental health risks (such as a family history of anxiety and depression), inherited features of your personality (often called your temperament), and the way your brain regulates the chemicals and hormones released by your body in response to stress.
SYMPTOMS OF PTSD MAY LOOK LIKE:
- Having intrusive thoughts and memories about the traumatic event. You may be grocery shopping and suddenly you find yourself obsessing about the traumatic event in a way that makes it difficult to control your thoughts.
- Frequent nightmares. These nightmares could be about the traumatic event itself or about an entirely different subject.
- Feeling escalated and anxious often especially about safety and security. You may find yourself checking and rechecking locks, driving extremely slowly, sitting in a certain position in a restaurant, planning escape routes whenever you are out of your house, and other similar behaviors.
- Emotional numbness and avoiding places, people, and activities that remind you of the trauma.
How can you turn your trauma into your power? What would it feel like to stand in your power and fully feel it and allow it to heal you? Are you ready to stop allowing this event to trigger you over and over? You can ground yourself with a safety net that has been waiting to support you. You can breathe fully and feel expansive and brave rather than constricted with fear. At Evolution Wellness, we want to help you transform. We want you to take your power back and grow.
There are several treatment approaches to help people overcome PTSD, including outpatient therapy, medication management to help treat some of your symptoms, and neurofeedback.
THE MOST COMMON TREATMENT APPROACHES IN OUTPATIENT THERAPY INCLUDE:
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
The most difficult and the most important step to healing are the same: reaching out for help. At Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, you can our team to discuss treatment or go ahead and schedule an appointment online so you don’t have to talk to anyone except your counselor. Treatment is a journey that takes time and dedication, but with action you can take your power back. We want to help.