Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatizing event that has been either experienced or witnessed by an individual. A person with PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts pertaining to the event.
Symptoms of PTSD
It is very common to start experiencing symptoms of PTSD within one month of the traumatic event. However, there are cases where the symptoms do not begin for years following the event. PTSD symptoms impair a person’s social and work life, as well as relationships with themselves and others. They may also not allow a person with PTSD to go about their normal daily tasks.
PTSD symptoms are usually grouped into four categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mod, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. These symptoms can vary from individual to individual and over time.
The first subtype of symptoms is intrusive memories. These may look like repetitive, unwanted troubling memories of the event, flashbacks, nightmares, and severe emotional distress or reactions to anything that reminds the individual about the event.
The next type of PTSD symptoms is avoidance. Symptoms of avoidance include avoiding talking or thinking about the event and avoiding people, places, and activities that remind the individual of the event.
The third subtype of PTSD symptoms is negative changes in mood and thinking. This may look like negative thoughts about yourself or others, hopelessness, memory issues, feeling detached from loved ones, lack of interest in things the individual once enjoyed, feeling emotionally numb, and difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
Lastly, symptoms of PTSD include changes in physical and emotional reactions. This may include being easily frightened, being always on guard for something bad to happen, self-destructive behavior, insomnia, trouble focusing, overwhelming guilt and/or shame, and irritability, outbursts, or aggressive behavior.
When to Seek Help
If you or a loved one has recently experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, and have been experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is best to seek medical attention. Talk to your physician or mental health provider to find the best path of treatment for you. You are not alone in your struggles.
Divinity Recovery has licensed staff and fully state of the art facilities for PTSD treatment. We have decades of experience between our therapists and on-staff providers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of care for every client. We pride ourselves in providing confidential, caring, and certified PTSD care.
We know taking the first step of seeking help can be difficult and scary. That’s why we have made the process as simple as possible. If you or a loved one is struggling, please give us a call today.