PTSD is a disorder that develops when people have lived through a shocking and traumatic event such as combat, terrorist attack, physical or sexual assault, accidents, or natural disasters. Approximately 5.2 million U.S. adults suffer from PTSD in a given year. Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
While only a behavioral health professional can diagnose your PTSD, there are a couple of indicators that you are having an extreme reaction to trauma. Common symptoms of PTSD include experiencing the following for more than a few weeks after an event:
- Avoiding situations that are reminders of the event
- Reliving or re-experiencing the event
- Negative changes in or distortion of mood, beliefs, and feelings
- Feeling amped-up or hyper-aroused and reactive when thinking of the event
Treatment options that work for my clients are:
- Cognitive Behavior therapy such as exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring
- Psychotherapy with a biopsychosocial approach that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors
- Introduction of coping strategies and self-talk
I also make recommendations for alternative mindfulness therapies like yoga and meditation.
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