Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has personally experienced or witnessed a traumatic or dangerous event. Some of the most common things that lead to PTSD include:
- Violent assaults
- Natural disasters
- Military combat
- Exposure to violence
Around 60% of men in the U.S. and 50% of women will experience one or more of these things in their lifetime, but fortunately they do not always result in PTSD. However, it may be post-traumatic stress disorder if one or more of these experiences:
- Leaves you with persistent or frightening thoughts and memories
- Impacts your ability to sleep, work, or function normally in life
- Leaves you feeling numb or detached from the people and things you love
PTSD can affect anyone and is not a sign of weakness or helplessness. It is also something that can be treated. The first step is to seek the help of a trained mental health professional to properly diagnose your PTSD.
Proven Therapies for Post-Traumatic Stress
As with many mental health treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating post-traumatic stress. Since the type of trauma, the length of exposure, and the length of time that you have been suffering with PTSD varies from one person to another, your treatment should be designed specifically around you. All of our treatments are meant to help you address the trauma and regain more of a sense of control.
At Live Well Counseling we use proven treatments to help address PTSD and other trauma. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is one of the most effective therapies that has emerged to help people confront traumatic experiences and move forward in the healing process. Our therapists are trained in this treatment and can discuss how it works and what is involved.
In addition to EMDR, we use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other methods to work with people experiencing PTSD. The goal of these therapies is to teach skills for identifying triggering situations or symptoms, and help you discover healthy coping mechanisms and stress management for when symptoms arise in the future. Some people also experience relief from medications, and if you are taking medications for PTSD we can work with your doctors and healthcare team for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to your treatment.