Therapy for PTSD
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the result of experiencing or witnessing an event that overwhelms the senses. Fear, shock, terror, helplessness are typically present in these events.
PTSD can occur over time with many events such as child abuse or domestic violence or from a single traumatic experience. PTSD can also be caused by less dramatic experiences. Emotional unavailability of parents in childhood, parental absence, severe poverty or external stressors in your environment can cause PTSD. You can acquire PTSD from stressful events caused by nature or humans.
People with PTSD can experience insomnia, flashbacks, low self-esteem, hypervigilance, hyperarousal, and a lot of painful or unpleasant thoughts and emotions. PTSD survivors may constantly relive the event or entirely lose their memory of the causal event. Sometimes symptoms are more subtle and may appear as anxiety, depression or anger/rage. Your PTSD symptoms can be emotional, cognitive or physical.
Many people do not even recognize their PTSD symptoms. This is because you have lived with them for so long. For some, they seem like part of your personality. There are also those who chose to use medication to treat their symptoms. For some medication can play an important role for stabilizing mental health.
When you have PTSD, it may feel like you’ll never be normal again but that is not true. You are quite capable of recovering and healing from trauma, regardless of how long ago it was. You can eliminate your symptoms and acquire life skills that will improve your life. Though it may be difficult at first, overtime it will seem more possible.
Our Solutions for PTSD
Treatment for PTSD includes approaches such as:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a somatic technique used to relieve psychological distress. It is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).