For those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), finding peace and happiness can be a daily struggle. Memories of a horrific life-event can lead those with trauma or PTSD to additional ongoing problems. These may include panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts or ideation. The Delray Center for Healing is one of the dedicated trauma treatment centers that uses an advanced combination of therapy and medications, tailored to each individual’s specific needs for PTSD treatment.
Trauma is experiencing any negative event or series of events that leads to debilitating psychological side effects afterward. Experiences of trauma can greatly differ from person to person and can be either a one time experience or something that has been ongoing for years. Specific types of traumatic experiences can include:
Essentially, PTSD develops in individuals who have experienced trauma. And, experience negative side effects as the result of this trauma that debilitates everyday life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a stand-alone mental health condition. It can affect both adults and adolescents, and even sometimes children. Persons with PTSD experience recurrent symptoms following a traumatic event. Traumatic events can be finite, such as being in a car crash. Or, long-term, such as being in an abusive relationship or serving in a war-zone as part of the military. Trauma can come from directly experiencing a traumatic event (serious injury, sexual assault, etc), witnessing a traumatic event, or from repeated exposure to details about traumatic events.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder fall into three main clusters: re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks and nightmares, avoidant behaviors and emotional numbness, and increased irritability and jumpiness.
Post-traumatic re-experiencing often comes in the form of recurring dreams, involuntary, intrusive recollections of the event, and even dissociative episodes and physiological reactions to triggers.
Because the reaction to anything related to the trauma is so visceral, sufferers of PTSD often persistently avoid any external reminders, as well as any thoughts or memories associated with their trauma. They become detached, are unable to experience positive emotions, and can develop exaggerated negative beliefs about themselves or the world around them.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder usually carries with it multiple symptoms of excessive arousal or reactivity. These can include self-destructive behavior (like substance abuse), outbursts of anger, insomnia, problems concentrating, and hypervigilance. The combination of all these symptoms can vary from person-to-person. But they almost always impair normal social or occupational functioning. People with PTSD may have trouble abstaining from drugs or alcohol. They also may not be able to work and may have issues in school.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be horrific for those who have it. But, the good news is that there are multiple PTSD treatments available with high success rates at our trauma treatment centers. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one therapeutic approach that helps to treat distress due to traumatic memories. Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) is another therapeutic modality specifically that helps to treat PTSD. Proper psychiatric care and medication can also help alleviate PTSD symptoms. They allow the individual to participate in therapy and address the root of their trauma. The Delray Center for Healing offers all of these treatment approaches, as well as exercise therapy, art & expressive therapy, and TMS therapy, which can be combined to create an individualized treatment plan unique to the person suffering from PTSD.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of trauma explained above, PTSD may be a diagnosable issue that we can help with. The Delray Center for Healing offers outpatient therapy and treatments for those living with the symptoms of PTSD. And, helps individuals living with PTSD develop coping mechanisms, community relationships, and other tools to use in order to manage mental health and wellbeing.
If you’re ready to experience a life free from the debilitating side effects of PTSD, learn more about the programs and services available at our Delray Center for Healing today on our website. And, give us a call to speak confidently with a mental health specialist today by calling 888-699-5679.
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