“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”― Walt Whitman
Trauma is defined as an emotional response to a terrifying event like an accident, assault, or natural disaster.
Immediately after the event shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include:
While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives and a trauma or stress-related disorder can develop and psychotherapy may be beneficial. Psychotherapy can help individuals who have experienced trauma find constructive ways to manage their emotions.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — by either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Many people who experience traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a period of time, but they do not have PTSD. With time and proper self-care, symptoms recede, and individuals return to normal functioning. The diagnosis of PTSD is given when symptoms get worse (when they last for months or even years) and interfere with one’s ability to function daily. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop is imperative to reduce symptoms and restore optimal functioning.
PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions.
MPS PLLC clinicians specialize in the psychotherapy treatment of PTSD.
Effective evidence-based psychotherapy for trauma and PTSD include:
Beginning treatment for trauma and PTSD requires strength and courage. Therapy is a journey that can help you achieve a more fulfilling and meaningful life. We are here to guide you along the way. To learn more, contact us today.
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