Have you experienced a traumatic event? Are you suffering from lingering fear and anxiety? Do you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel, and behave?
Posttraumatic stress disorder – also known as PTSD – is a mental health condition that occurs in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a terrorist act, an act of war, a serious accident, rape, or a violent personal assault.
It is believed that PTSD affects nearly four percent of the U.S. adult population. While it is usually associated with veterans who’ve experienced combat, PTSD occurs in all people regardless of age, race, nationality, or culture. Women are twice as likely to experience PTSD than men.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
People with PTSD often experience recurring thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with PTSD also relive the event through flashbacks.
People with PTSD often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness. They may isolate from friends and family. They often avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd may cause a strong and uncontrollable reaction.
If you or a loved one suffer with PTSD and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to us. Therapy is effective for posttraumatic stress disorder and we want to offer the help you need to enjoy life again.