Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after an individual is exposed to or experiences a traumatic event or events. The response is different for each person, as two individuals experiencing the same event will likely have two very different responses. Moreover, the response may not reveal itself for some time following the event, and can often affect significantly several areas of one’s life. Thankfully, awareness of PTSD and its effects has grown significantly in recent years.
Individuals with PTSD may experience a range of symptoms, including flashbacks or reliving the experience in real time, over and over. An individual may feel depressed or “numbed-out”, or may conversely remain in a hyper-vigilant state, always seemingly on-guard and alert. The range and intensity of the symptoms may vary, and the effects are often debilitating, affecting one’s health, the ability to work effectively, relationships and family life, and more.
Treatment for PTSD addresses both the experiences and the causes, as well as the other experiences that often occur (including depression, grief, substance abuse, anger, and more). Life can improve, and individuals with PTSD can recover aspects of life that were taken away by the trauma. Covenant Counseling has several counselors experienced in working with trauma and PTSD, providing individuals a way forward from their particular situation.
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