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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know there is hope and a chance for recovery.” ~ Lady Gaga

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur at any age, following an event that has had a negative impact on an individual. This event can be a one-time trauma that a person has lived through such as an attack, or it can be an ongoing event that the person cannot escape. PTSD can also result from witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD can develop immediately following the event, or years later. It is marked by flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety in relation to a trauma that has been experienced or witnessed. It is normal, even healthy for us to experience a range of emotions following a traumatic event; however, if the experience is affecting the way you operate in everyday life, it may be time to see a professional who can help you work through the issues.

Understanding PTSD

Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.

Many factors play a part in whether a person will get PTSD. Some of these are risk factors that make a person more likely to get PTSD. Other factors, called resilience factors, can help reduce the risk of the disorder. Some of these risk and resilience factors are present before the trauma and others become important during and after a traumatic event.

Resilience factors that may reduce the risk of PTSD include:
  • Seeking out support from other people, such as friends and family
  • Finding a support group after a traumatic event
  • Feeling good about one’s own actions in the face of danger
  • Having a coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event & learning from it
  • Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear.
 
How can PTSD be treated in NYC?

Providers at The Convenus Group have experience working with individuals who have developed PTSD from various traumas. They have worked with soldiers during and after combat, dealing with traumas both witnessed and experienced. They have worked with survivors of the attacks on 9/11, and they have worked with civilians that have survived assaults. Unfortunately there is no limit to the types of traumas that can be experienced in this life, but the good news is there is help to work through these traumas. Give us a call, we can help end the on-going suffering that is common in PTSD.

What are the signs of PTSD

PTSD can present differently in individuals, but symptoms must always include re-experiencing the event, mood changes, avoidant behavior, and heightened reactivity. Re-experiencing the trauma can show up in the form of nightmares or flashbacks. Mood changes after a traumatic experience can include having negative feelings about oneself or experiencing feelings of guilt, which can lead to feeling detached from loved ones. PTSD can also make it difficult to remember specifics about the event. Avoidant behavior includes staying away from people, places, or events that are reminders of the traumatic experience, as well as avoiding feelings related to the trauma. Many common signs of PTSD are the heightened reactivity symptoms which include being tense and easily startled or having outbursts.

Risk factors for PTSD include:
  • Living through dangerous events and traumas
  • Having a history of mental illness
    Getting hurt
  • Seeing people hurt or killed
    Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
  • Having little or no social support after the event
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home.
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