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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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.

Diagnosing 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

Treating PTSD

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.

Schedule a free 10-minute consultation

I am currently accepting new patients. To schedule a consultation or your first appointment, you can call my office at 504-481-899 or click here to request an appointment online.

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