Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
An individual’s “fight-or-flight” response is a natural body process that helps an individual to prepare to either defend or avoid a perceived danger. This body response is a healthy reaction to potential danger designed to help protect a person from harm. Those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may continue to feel stressed or frightened well after any potential danger has been removed, and may experience the following symptoms:
- Flashbacks where the dangerous event is relived
- Bad dreams or frightening thoughts
- Avoiding places, events or objects that are reminders of the dangerous experience
- Feeling emotionally empty
- Strong feelings of guilt or worry
- Difficulty remembering the dangerous event
- Easily startled
- Consistently feeling tense
- Difficulty sleeping
PTSD can occur in individuals at any age following traumatic events such as:
- Natural disasters
- Domestic abuse
Treatment goals are to reduce symptoms and help the individual gain a sense of control over their traumatic experience. Our staff is able to help patients deal with these traumatic events.
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