Trauma and PTSD treatment
Have you been exposed to a traumatic event (life threatening, serious injury, neglect, abandonment, domestic violence or sexually violent incident) recently or in the past that you are struggling to overcome?
- Are you feeling detached or estranged from others?
- Do you feel numb or in shock at times?
- Are you struggling to recall important aspects of the event?
- Are you experiencing persistent negative emotions like fear, horror, rage or anger, guilt or shame?
- Are you experiencing emotional outbursts, engaging in self-destructive behaviors like alcohol or drug use or sexually promiscuous behaviors?
- Are you having nightmares and/or flashback of the traumatic event that’s disturbing your sleep?
- Do you find yourself avoiding places, people, activities or situations that reminds you of the traumatic event?
- Are you easily startled since the trauma happened?
If even reading above questions is causing you discomfort, you find yourself sweating, heart beating faster because it reminds you of how you have been feeling or experiencing life since the traumatic event then you definitely need to seek professional help for trauma.
Why am I struggling with PTSD symptoms? Why I can’t bounce back like other people?
It is human nature to go into a shock after a traumatic event that threatens their safety or their loved ones’ safety. A healthy response after trauma includes anxiety, depression, shock, anger, guilt and remorse/self-blame, which most people experience and process by facing the situation, grieving, and support from family & friends helps in returning to base functioning in a few weeks or a few months. However, the problem persist once someone exposed to a violent event is unable to cope- resulting in avoidance, self-destruction, self-defeating thought process (you might have been blamed for the trauma, or didn’t receive love or support during healing) leading to feeling rejected, alone, anxious, panicky, may notice obsessive-compulsive behaviors in attempt to gain control over somethings when everything else may seem out-of-control, and mood problems may surface as well.
I thought only Veterans experienced PTSD, I was not exposed to war trauma then why am I experiencing PTSD symptoms?
It is common misconception that only Veterans experience PTSD. On the contrary, Veterans may also assume that they are alone as civilians may not understand their trauma resulting in PTSD symptoms, however it is a common reason for seeking treatment among civilians too. Anyone can start experiencing PTSD symptoms after being exposed to a life threatening, violent or sexually traumatic situation. Traumas may vary from person to person, but the emotional response might elicit similar symptoms among individuals exposed to a violent or life threatening situation. Sometime people suppress childhood trauma memories (not intentionally, children usually do not have to ability to fully comprehend & cope from a traumatic situation, therefore, blocking, avoiding or restructuring of traumatic event is common). Memories suppressed during childhood can easily get triggered during adulthood, which may create symptoms of PTSD. Even though, dealing with trauma can be very difficult, but running away from the traumatic memories does not help but cause more problems. PTSD treatment can help anyone (Veteran or civilian) with recovery and healing from the disturbing event.
Can PTSD lead to depression or anxiety?
After the traumatic event, one of the emotional response is anxiety – uncertainty about future, negative thoughts about what if trauma happens again? Victims do find themselves in depressed emotional state when they feel helpless, unable to protect themselves or others. Usually, these symptoms are situational and short-term if appropriate treatment is sought out in a timely manner, which may include psychotherapy as well as medication management to manage symptoms. However, anxiety & depression can persist long-term if the victim tries to suppress, hide or avoid the trauma or memories related to trauma. If symptoms are not treated, it can also result in psychosis, delusions, paranoia, and suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
*Please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if experiencing any suicidal thoughts. You can also chat online: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
*Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or Text to 838255
Self-Check Quiz: https://www.vetselfcheck.org/Welcome.cfm
Who provides the PTSD treatment?
At Wake Counseling, our clinicians (licensed professional counselors) are trained and educated to provide treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our counselors work with Veterans & their families, and civilians in a supportive & confidential environment, where individual & family history is reviewed, goals are set to help you & your family learn about PTSD, increase acceptance and decrease avoidance, dysfunctional coping skills are explored, and healthy coping skills are introduced. Psychotherapy is provided and evidenced based modalities are utilized such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Procession Therapy (CPT), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and crisis interventions are offered as supportive services during treatment. Once you start your treatment journey with your counselor, you will not feel alone or unheard. Your counselor’s primary goal will be to provide a safe & supportive environment, and challenge you in a loving & supportive manner to overcome your fears. Healing from traumatic event is possible, hang onto the hope and refuse to let the PTSD symptoms dictate your life!
At Wake Counseling, we have the expertise and knowledge to assist individuals struggling with trauma or PTSD symptoms.
Contact us today to speak with a certified, experienced depression therapist. You can easily make an appointment online: