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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the onset of a specific set of symptoms in response to an extreme traumatic event in one’s life. It is gender-independent, affecting both men and women of all ages. Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder include:
  • Persistent preoccupation with the traumatic experience affecting daily life
  • Dissociation – emotional numbness, a perceived disconnection between cognitive thought and the body or emotional state
  • Increased arousal – such as hypervigilance, insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, or anger issues
  • Flashbacks – recurring dreams revolving around the traumatic experience, flashback memories, intense reaction to any reminder of the trauma experienced
  • Depression – feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, and difficulties in previously established relationships

The causes of post traumatic stress disorder, as well as the events leading to it, are just as varied. PTSD in children and adults can result from trauma during childhood, such as children in abusive homes. Victims of rape, assault, or abuse can develop PTSD due to their traumatic experiences. Social workers, emergency service workers, members of the military, and many others’ occupations also expose them to such traumatic events.

There are several post traumatic stress disorder therapies and medications available. However, there is no single recovery plan to deal with reactions to trauma, nor is there any one-time cure to “get over” PTSD. A preliminary appointment with our clinic can help work out individual PTSD therapy options. Medication to help regulate the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder is available, as well as psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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