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PTSD | How Can Therapy Help?


PTSD | How Can Therapy Help?


A traumatic experience stemming from a violent event, a natural catastrophe, or personal adversity should not be ignored. For some people, all it may take is one unpleasant experience to impair their natural capacity to adjust to changes and stay in control of their lives. Whatever the cause, an upsetting experience can leave an individual experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD is a weighty type of emotional baggage to carry for the rest of your life. It can make you feel scared, dejected, distraught, restless, guilty, or disconnected. Its symptoms can be incapacitating; they are intense, overwhelming, and distressing. With therapy, however, your outlook can be better.


PTSD: The Fear That Persists

Trauma is an emotional reaction to a dreadful occurrence like a tragic accident, natural catastrophe, or violent incident. Your body and mind go on alert in the face of danger—the “fight or flight” response—and return to their normal state once the danger is gone. If you have developed PTSD, however, the fear response will persist, even when there is no real danger anymore. PTSD symptoms can make letting go of the past and living a normal life extremely challenging.

PTSD develops after a traumatic event. It was once associated primarily with “battle-scarred” soldiers. These days, however, it is widely held that it can happen to anyone who has had an overwhelming, emotion-shattering experience, or a series of bad experiences. It is also usually connected to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and extreme danger.

PTSD does not only affect adults: children and teens can also be gripped by its incapacitating symptoms, but the manifestations can be different from those in adults. It is common for PTSD in children and adolescents to delay their development or make them exhibit disruptive behaviors at home or school.


Symptoms That May Weigh You Down

The symptoms of PTSD may appear immediately after the event, or weeks, months, even years later. They may range from depression and anxiety symptoms to severe panic attacks, substance abuse, or self-harm. They may affect your functioning, making it difficult to hold down a regular job or perform everyday tasks and chores.

When you are dealing with PTSD symptoms—flashbacks, nightmares, or extreme panic—you may lose interest in important aspects of your life. You may hurt your loved ones. You may withdraw from people, including family, friends, and coworkers. You may experience internal turmoil, so you may have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or eating. It can make you feel angry and tense most of the time. It can also make you feel weary and ache all over.

While these are the usual symptoms of PTSD, they are not the same for every sufferer. You may react to the emotional condition in a different way. You could also become more prone to medical issues. Studies reveal that it is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disorders.


Improving Your Outlook with Therapy

PTSD is bad news. Not only are the symptoms debilitating, the condition can linger for a lifetime, particularly without therapy. The persistence and worsening of the symptoms is usually associated with new traumatic events and worsening anxiety. As distressing and incapacitating as this condition can be, it’s critical to realize that you’re not powerless or without recourse. You can always seek prompt, professional help to ease and manage your PTSD symptoms and take control of your life.

The outlook for PTSD is good with early therapy, continuing support, and “good functioning before the traumatic event, lack of other psychiatric disorders or substance abuse.” In fact, treatment can shorten the period of symptoms from 64 to 36 months, says Grinage (2003) of the American Family Physician. Treatment or therapy can also help you manage your symptoms within the year following the trauma.


Bouncing Back from PTSD

Without treatment, PTSD can ruin your life. Know, however, that therapy can change the outcome of PTSD. You may not have control over being exposed to a traumatic event, but you do have the option to seek therapy afterwards. Since the signs and symptoms of PTSD can be delayed, it is best to promptly seek the help of an independent counselor or therapist, such as those contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

Your past cannot be changed. Some elements of it can inspire you, just as some experiences can haunt and hurt you. Trauma and PTSD can disrupt your life and plans. They can make you helpless, distressed, and fearful. PTSD is a serious emotional condition, but with help from a therapist contracted independently with  Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, you can reduce and even resolve your symptoms. A good therapist waits at CCS. Call now for your first appointment.


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Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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