PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health disorder that follows exposure to a traumatic event and often requires PTSD therapy and mental health counseling. However, not all traumatic events lead to the development of PTSD. After experiencing a traumatic event, one person may experience symptoms severe enough to be diagnosed while others will experience only some or no symptoms at all.
Any individual can experience PTSD if they have been exposed to a traumatic event either directly or as a witness. Additionally, repeated exposure to graphic details of traumatic events can cause the symptoms of PTSD. First responders are often exposed to these details at scenes of traumatic events such as car accidents, fires or violent crimes.
Many feel there is no escaping PTSD and that it will forever control their life. There are many treatment methods and medications that can drastically improve your quality of life. Are you ready to enhance your overall well-being and learn how to cope with these symptoms? If so, PTSD therapy in Boca Raton can help.
Signs of PTSD
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event and there are different kinds of trauma that a person can be exposed to. A person can be exposed once, multiple times or even experience more than one type of trauma at one time.
Some types of trauma can include:
- Life threatening or physical event (domestic violence, car accidents)
- Sexual Abuse or Assault
- School Violence and/or Bullying
- Forced Displacement
- Natural Disasters
- Military Conflict
An individual who may have experienced a traumatic event might experience behavioral, emotional and/or social issues following the traumatic event.
Common symptoms of PTSD that last longer than one month may include:
- Night Terrors
- Loss of Details to a Traumatic Event
- Substance Abuse
- Negative Self Worth
- Feeling of Guilt or Blame
- Lost of Interest in Previous Enjoyable Activities
PTSD causes discomfort in social and work environments, impedes on your ability to function properly and causes a negative impact on relationships. However, PTSD therapy in Boca Raton can help you regain a sense of control over your life.
It is very difficult for someone to admit they have PTSD. This occurs for a several reasons. Some feel like their trauma isn’t as bad as other peoples and don’t want the label of having PTSD because they haven’t ‘earned’ it. Others are purely afraid to admit their trauma to another human being for fear of judgment and shaming. PTSD therapy aims to derail these misbeliefs so that people are able to heal.
The symptoms of PTSD can completely paralyze people suffering from it, to the point where living a normal life seems inconceivable. There is no trauma too little or too big to be treated.
Who Suffers From PTSD?
Anyone at any age can suffer from PTSD. It is also important to understand that the traumatic event does not need to happen to an individual, but that person can be a witness to the events and experience the symptoms of PTSD. First responders are often witness to horrific car accidents, suicides, abuse, devastating loss and an extremely long list of other traumatic events. Someone may have witnessed abuse or domestic violence as a child growing up. Experiencing or even witnessing these events can be traumatic and leave a person with symptoms of PTSD.
PTSD Therapy in Boca Raton
Solutionist Counseling Services will provide you with a confidential safe environment to help treat PTSD. There are different ways to address PTSD through psychotherapy. All of these methods work together to treat PTSD and help provide a more stress free life.
- Cognitive therapy helps you recognize the ways of thinking that are limiting your actions in life by continuing to believe that a traumatic event will happen again.
- Exposure therapy helps you safely face memories and situations that cause a frightening response.Using exposure therapy can provide coping skills that can be essential to PTSD symptoms such as nightmares.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements and can decrease the time needed to recover from a traumatic event.
Much of the work in treating PTSD is in the preparation work that is done in order to develop the understanding and identification of emotions, recognizing when it occurs, and how it impacts your daily function. Our Boca Raton counselors will work with you on your willingness to broach trauma, readiness to tease it apart, and build your self awareness around the trauma. Moreover, we will work with you on core beliefs and assumptions associated with PTSD.
If you’re suffering from PTSD, negative emotions may leave you feeling weak as if you should have been able to handle the trauma. Oftentimes, you may have feelings of anxiety or feeling unlovable or not worthy. It is important to understand that PTSD can cause life crippling feelings, affect your personal self worth and negatively impact your relationships with family, friends and co-workers. We are here to help you through all stages of PTSD therapy and will offer you the compassion, understanding and skills needed to address your PTSD.
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