Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

 

Exposure to war, violence, childhood abuse, natural disaster, or even a life threatening car accident can sometimes result in longer term mental health issues in some individuals. The common responses associated with living through a traumatic or abusive event vary from person to person, but may include: heightened anxiety, confusion, relationship conflict, lingering depression, nausea, dizziness, and changes in appetite and sleep pattern as well as withdrawal from daily activities. Responses to trauma can last for weeks to months before people start to feel normal again.

 

How therapy can help:

 

  • Offers a safe space to talk about the traumatic event

  • Help identify and express feelings related to the event

  • Help develop effective self-soothing techniques to aid symptom relief

  • Normalizes the sometimes odd array of symptoms and responses to trauma

  • Help address and repair relationship conflict that may arise after trauma

  • Help address low self-esteem that may result from childhood exposure to violence