Therapist: Elaine Latimer-Tandy, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CPCS
PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, horrific, or terrible event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Not every person that experiences a life altering event develops ongoing (chronic) or even short-term (acute) PTSD. Traumatic experiences can vary with each person. Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they develop years afterward. Symptoms frequently last more than a month and are usually severe enough to cause extreme distress in relationships, daily routines and cause employment issues. The course of the illness varies. Some people may recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.
Deciding to work on traumatic events that have happened in your life is often a scary and difficult decision to make. You realize or may not realize how it is affecting your family, relationships , your job, your children and stunting your personal growth. I know the thought of dredging up those emotions is often times overwhelmingly emotional and traumatic in itself but there are different approaches to work through your traumatic experiences that don’t have to be intensely fearful for you, but it will be challenging at times.
The benefit from trauma counseling is learning how to deal with those intrusive thoughts, nightmares and emotional surges in a healthy and more appropriate way. You can discover how to make better and healthier choices and increase your awareness of how to separate the traumatic experience from who you are personally. Call now just to see if you are ready for a change or what I call a transformation.
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