Are You Struggling With Trauma or PTSD?
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING DISTRESSING MEMORIES OF TRAUMATIC EVENTS?
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING BECAUSE YOU WORRY THAT DREAMS OF TRAUMATIC MEMORIES WILL WAKE YOU?
DO YOU GET IRRITABLE, HAVE PROBLEMS CONCENTRATING, OR EXPERIENCE FLASHBACKS OF TRAUMATIC EVENTS?
Family and friends can’t understand why you withdraw from activities or prefer to spend time alone. You wonder if you will ever get past your past and be happy. Maybe it’s affecting your social or professional life because you experience unmanageable physical symptoms like anxiety, panic attacks, or insomnia that cause you to withdraw from social activities and miss work. Trauma and PTSD treatment can help you feel better and live a happy life.
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA)*, about 3.5% of the population of U.S. adults experience PTSD in their lifetime. The Desk Reference to the DSM-5* defines PTSD as the exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence, and the severity and length of symptoms are more severe and long lasting than experiencing a traumatic event. PTSD symptoms are intrusive and persist long after the event is over. Anxiety and related disorders are connected to PTSD.
The definition of trauma is the same as PTSD, but the difference is that some traumatic events do not progress to PTSD. Trauma has the same symptoms as PTSD; however, in trauma the symptoms run their course, resolve, and normalcy returns. A response to trauma is normal and resolving trauma is healthy, but trauma that is not naturally and normally resolved turns into PTSD.
Living through traumatic experiences has been shown to cause disturbing symptoms that are hard to manage. Some symptoms of trauma include nightmares and flashbacks that cause problems with sleep. Physical symptoms of trauma include racing heart, rapid breathing, nausea, and bodily discomfort. Other symptoms of trauma can include hypervigilance, irritability, angry outbursts, and problems concentrating.
You can become free of trauma and PTSD symptoms. Some amazing outcomes of effective trauma treatment include improvement in sleep, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, learning effective coping skills, and living a joyful life. Finding a counselor that specializes in trauma treatment is essential in overcoming distressing symptoms and becoming a happier, healthier person.
Trauma Therapy consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your difficult experiences. In addition to listening, I will ask questions, and play an active role in your healing. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:
- I will provide a safe, accepting space so you feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me.
- By listening to your story, I will get a picture of what your challenges are.
- We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.
- We will also work to discover your therapy and life goals.
- Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out how I can help you reach them.
- Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.
Research shows that Trauma Therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you let go of what’s holding you back.
Ready to start feeling better? If you feel stuck repeating the same painful patterns, Trauma Therapy could help.
Start now and discover ways to manage whatever life throws at you. During your free phone consultation you can share what’s going on for you and we can explore how I can help.
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PTSD (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd/what-is-ptsd
Desk reference to the diagnostic criteria From DSM-5®. American Psychiatric Association Publishing. (n.d.). Retrieved September 11, 2021, from https://www.appi.org/Products/DSM-Library/Desk-Reference-to-the-Diagnostic-Criteria-From-DSM.