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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorder

This condition is characterized by a range of symptoms that may appear months or even years after a traumatic event. These symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, heightened startle reactions, sleep issues, feelings of guilt or self-blame, and mood changes.

Exploring the Impact of Trauma:

This psychological disorder arises after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. It’s common to feel scared during and after a traumatic event, but those with this condition continue to experience intense fear and stress long after the event, even in safe situations.

Not everyone with this condition has faced direct danger; it can also develop after sudden, significant losses or other traumatic events.

Identifying the Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

The symptoms fall into four categories:

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Unwanted, distressing thoughts

  • nightmares

  • physical reactions like sweating

  • heart palpitations

  • flashbacks

  • sweating

Avoidance Symptoms:

  • Avoiding thoughts, feelings, places, objects, or events related to the trauma.

Arousal and Reactivity Symptoms:

  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Heightened startle reflex
  • Challenges in achieving restful sleep
  • Anger outbursts

Cognition and Mood Symptoms:

  • Pervasive negative thoughts and mood
  • Feelings of detachment from others
  • An inability to experience positive emotions
  • Distorted feelings of guilt or blame

Although challenging, with appropriate treatment and support, individuals can navigate their way through the aftermath of trauma and regain a sense of control over their lives.