POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Symptoms and Causes

This disorder occurs when a person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:

  • The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury to themselves or others.
  • The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror 

Common symptoms:

  • The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced (such as flashbacks, nightmares)
  • The person avoids stimuli associated with the trauma (avoids people activities, or places, that remind them of the trauma) - fix "avoid" to "avoids"
  • The person develops emotional numbing, such as increased detachment from friends and family
  • The person shows persistent symptoms of increased arousal (insomnia, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilance, increased startle to loud noises)

The person avoids stimuli associated with the trauma (avoid people, activities, or places, that remind them of the trauma). The person shows persistent symptoms of increased arousal (insomnia, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilance, increased startle to loud noises)

Effective treatments include therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), medications, or the combination of both.

We have a team of providers who specialize in PTSD and are ready to help. Visit the link below to see someone in just a few days. We can help get you back. 

You can also visit our blog Mind Shift to read more about PTSD.

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