Individuals suffering from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are either the victim of or witness to an event that threatened death or bodily harm to the individual themself or others. Although, many people only associate PTSD with soldiers, and emergency first responders, this is not always the case. Anyone can develop PTSD who experiences an event/s that result in overwhelming fear, helplessness or horror. The following are just a few events that can cause PTSD.

childhood sexual abuse
childhood physical abuse
childhood verbal/emotional abuse
childhood neglect
combat trauma
urban violence
domestic violence
car accident
terminal illness
natural disasters
life threatening accident
witnessing death or near fatal trauma
near death experience

Individuals suffering from PTSD can feel alone, ashamed, isolate. experience debilitating depression, feel they are weak or less than because of PTSD. Others are in a constant state of feeling on edge, fearful, are easily startled, have panic attacks, insomnia, night terrors, flashbacks, and not be able to remember part or any of the traumatic event or blocks of time.

It is not uncommon for previously calm people to be irritable, verbally, emotionally or physically abusive or assaultive. Sometimes victims feel they are floating outside their body. Some avoid thinking or talking about the trauma/s or anything reminding them of it including images, places, people, smells, tastes, sounds and physical touch.

Left untreated the intense uncontrollable feelings accompanying PTSD can lead one to alcohol, drug, behavioral addictions. and for some self harm including suicide or violent assaults on others can accompany their PTSD.

Individuals with PTSD do not have to suffer and do get thier lives back. I am a trauma specialist highly trained and experienced in treating PTSD and combat related PTSD. Treatment is specifically tailored to address each individual’s needs. PTSD treatment includes teaching individuals how to calm their bodies. They learn t recognize their trauma triggers and how to deescalate when triggered. Therapy includes talking about the trauma/s and including the accompanying emotions and body sensations. Depending on the survivor, treatment can include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) an evidence based practice that desensitizes a person to the memory of the trauma/s and triggers. For some individuals medication plus psychotherapy is the most effective treatment. The decision to use medication is discussed in therapy and completely up to the individual whether to do so or not.

Help is here, please contact me for assistance and no longer feel haunted by the past.