We’ve been hearing a lot more about PTSD with our servicemen coming home from war experiencing it. But PTSD can happened to anyone. If you have ever witnessed, experienced or been threatened with physical harm, you may have PTSD. This could have been experiencing a tornado that went through your town or neighborhood, a car accident, a death or a rape. There are traumatic events across the spectrum, how it affects you and how you deal with it depends on a lot on how you perceived the event and your previous coping skills. There is simple PTSD, which results from a single event in adulthood, and there is complex PTSD in which the events/experiences are shocking, terrifying and/or overwhelming to you. Complex PTSD often occurs from more than one event, often repetitive events and often the events began in childhood. This results in fear, horror and a feeling a helplessness.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing PTSD:
Hyperarousal – a person suffering with PTSD may become irritable and have outbursts of anger. This person usually has difficulty concentrating and sleep is a problem; either they can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep.
Avoidance – these symptoms will include the person trying to avoid thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma. This is when substance abuse might begin and may become a problem. The person is “self-medicating” or “numbing” out to avoid the traumatic feelings. A person who has experienced a traumatic event may also detach from relationships, not wanting to participate in things they used to enjoy.
Intrusive – when a person has suffered PTSD, they are likely to have distressing dreams that occur over and over. This can also manifest in their daily thoughts, recurrent feelings and thoughts about the trauma. They can also have a flashback, where they actually believe they are back in the traumatic events, reliving it.
Dissociation – People who have numerous and very intensive traumas’ may tend to “space off.” They do not relate to where they are and may not remember something happening during a certain part of the day.
If you or someone you know are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, trauma-informed treatment can help. These symptoms can severely disrupt a relationship or family. A person struggling with PTSD symptoms may not even be aware they are acting out these symptoms, especially if they have experienced more than one complex PTSD experience. Treatment would most likely include a trauma assessment to see the extent of the trauma(s) and the symptoms that are manifesting. That will give me a better understanding of you and your trauma. It will also help to determine what needs to be addressed first. Treatment would be individual therapy focused on teaching coping skill and ways to self-soothe (such as relaxation techniques). Please call today to schedule an appointment and let me help you with your PTSD. (402) 325-0117 ext 7
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Lincoln, NE 68510