Trauma and PTSD
If you have been struggling with memories or effects of traumatic events, trauma therapy can help. Regardless of the type of trauma someone experienced or how long ago it took place, several treatments have been found to be effective. I use Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy with my clients. PE is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD and is used by the VA to help our returning soldiers cope with combat trauma.
Trauma occurs when someone fears for life or safety during incredibly stressful events (being in combat, a car accident, being abused or assaulted). Of course, not all emotionally traumatic events are life-threatening. Emotional abuse, a sudden loss, or a partner’s infidelity can also be traumatic. Also, experiencing trauma does not necessarily lead to the development of a disorder. In fact, most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. Most of those people will go on to resolve the trauma on their own, without professional help. For those whose symptoms persist, professional therapy can help.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is characterized by a prolonged period of symptoms that are otherwise quite normal to experience for a short while after a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, disturbing memories, avoidance of things that remind the person of the trauma, being easily startled or constantly “on guard,” as well as depression (with or without suicidal thinking). Difficulties with sleep, concentration, and increased agitation are common.
The good news is that there is hope for a better life and therapy can help. Call me today so we can discuss your options.