Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem for those who must live with it every day. It’s a type of anxiety disorder that leaves your body and mind in a constant state of stress. There are various causes, from a single distressing event to exposure to repeated physical and emotional abuse and distress. The anxiety takes the form of terrifying and uncontrollable intrusive thoughts of the traumatic event that are re-experienced mentally and physically.
You may find yourself reliving the event or events over and over again while trying to move forward with your life. It can keep you from feeling safe, and frequent episodes of distress can limit your personal and professional life. Untreated, this can lead to other problems such as depression, overuse of drug and alcohol for coping, and relationship breakdown.
In popular culture, this condition is most often associated with members of the military who have been in combat situations, but the truth is that it can strike anyone. It can develop from any kind of assault (including sexual assault), or from being in a car accident. You can even develop PTSD because of an unfortunate event or death of a loved one. Fortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder is treatable.
Should You Seek Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress?
If a past trauma is negatively affecting your daily life, you should seek out post-traumatic stress disorder therapy. It is possible to stop these experiences from invading your thoughts. You can learn to reduce the feelings of distress and anxiety in such a way that the past experiences no longer prevent you from living (and enjoying) your life. Treatment is not only important it is necessary, because untreated symptoms can lead to complete social withdrawal, depression and suicide.
If you experience any of the following, please seek help immediately:
- A feeling of constantly being “on edge” and are unable to stop thinking about the traumatic event
- Unable to make decisions, focus and concentrate or remember things
- An unwillingness to go outside or be around others because it will cause too much anxiety or distress
- Specific noises, smells, physical sites or images cause you to feel distressed or triggered
- A desire to self-harm or engage in risky behaviors, such as driving dangerously, promiscuity, consuming excessive amounts alcohol or drugs
Any combination of these symptoms can make your life miserable, but they can all be treated. It may be helpful to talk to someone if you are experiencing any of these symptoms to a mild degree. If they are making it impossible to live the life you want to live, you should speak to someone immediately. I am confident that my anxiety counselling can give you the tools you need to take your life back.
How Post-Traumatic Disorder Therapy Can Help
PTSD therapy can help you reclaim your life. Through psychotherapy and other treatments, I can help you put your trauma in the past where it belongs. I can help you understand how PTSD affects you and teach you ways to reduce the stress and sadness, process the trauma memories, and learn how to create internal peace and calm. Healing from PTSD is very hard work, and the rewards for you are increased resilience, greater flexibility towards life and wisdom. Recover your life.
Choose PTSD Therapy Today
If you are suffering from the effects of a past trauma, I would love to speak to you about how you can take your life back. I provide treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. You can reach my office by using the contact information that I’ve provided for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions about how my treatments for post-traumatic stress can help.