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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You feel always on edge.  Someone drops a book and you jump.  Maybe it was one awful event or maybe it was a series of traumatic things that happened.  You feel as if your nerve endings are fried.  Things that don’t bother your friends bother you.  You hear sounds or smell things in your environment and are right back there to what happened.  You remember it, it keeps entering your head.  Your dreams are plagued by nightmares, you wake sweating, shaking, with your heart racing.  Now you avoid anything that can remind you of it, because it’ll bring you right back to all these feelings. 

Some signs of PTSD may include:

·      Inability to remember parts of the traumatic events

·      Persistent negative thoughts about yourself

·      Blaming yourself

·      Persistent feelings of fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame

·      Don’t want to participate in things in your life

·      Feeling detached or estranged

·      Unable to feel happiness, satisfaction or loving feelings

Feeling reactive because of the traumatic events may lead to:

·      Irritable or angry outbursts

·      Reckless or self-destructive behavior

·      High alert feeling

·      Easily startled

·      Can’t concentrate

·      Trouble sleeping

Therapy is the most important part of healing from trauma.  Working with a trauma-informed therapist is the first step.  While going through therapy, people may choose to take medications to help the healing.

We work as part of your team caring for you as you heal from traumatic events.