Trauma & Abuse (PTSD)

Trauma & Abuse/PTSD

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. This is common among our veterans who have deployed, and is also present with many people who experience traumatic events.

There are four types of PTSD symptoms

Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms) – Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example: nightmares and flashbacks.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event – You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. For Example: Avoiding crowds, driving, and etc

Negative changes in beliefs and feelings – The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma.

Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal) – You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyperarousal.

PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event. But for some people, they may not happen until months or years after the trauma. Symptoms may come and go over many years. So, you should keep track of your symptoms and talk to someone you trust about them.

If you have symptoms that last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or disrupt your work or home life, you probably have PTSD. Call NewPath Group today to speak with a therapist about your symptoms.

How Can Therapy & Counseling for PTSD Improve My Condition?

Counseling as a treatment for PTSD is the most effective form of known symptom relief, and multiple, customizable interventions exist to combat your PTSD. Your therapist may recommend:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to identify maladaptive thought patterns (for example, distorted world- and self-views) that may be perpetuating your condition. Your therapist will assist you to modify your thinking and in turn, your means of engaging with your world and the traumatic memory
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, where avoidance of trauma reminders serves to maintain PTSD symptoms and trauma-related distress, prolonged exposure therapy directly counteracts such avoidance.
  • Medications, to treat more challenging cases of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, mood disturbance, or nightmares
  • Group therapy to connect with other trauma survivors and develop a solid support system
  • Alternative and unconventional therapies, such equine therapy, mindfulness or meditation, that address your condition from an innovative and holistic perspective

Trauma survivors deserve to live normal, healthy, recovered lives. If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD, don’t give up hope: even the deepest wounds can heal with qualified intervention and a support system that makes you feel safe again.
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