There are many types of trauma, and they all significantly disrupt the brain’s functioning. Experiencing overwhelming situations such as the death or severe injury can cause lingering psychological struggles. Physical trauma, such as being in the proximity of explosions, can have a similar effect. Recently modern medicine has begun to understand the scope of emotional damage trauma can cause and how best to treat it.
A syndrome has been identified in many individuals who have been exposed to major trauma. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been known to affect soldiers, victims of violent crime or major accidents as well as other people who were exposed to intensely stressful situations. PTSD affects the chemistry and functioning of the brain that can have devastating personal consequences if left untreated. Symptoms of PTSD include the following:
If left untreated PTSD can lead to self-destructive or violent behavior or chemical addiction. Individuals with PTSD will find it difficult or impossible to maintain employment, complete classes, maintain healthy relationships or manage the day-to-day details of life. The condition is the result of damaged neurological function in the brain and it can be degenerative. Because many people who suffer from this disease are soldiers, first responders and other stereotypically tough types, they may be unlikely to seek help. Increasing numbers of affected soldiers, however, are starting to see PTSD as a real disease that they deserve treatment for.
PTSD treatment often includes talk therapy as well as medical treatment. Each case is unique and each patient deserves a personalized treatment plan designed around her own unique needs. Some of the most effective PTSD treatment programs include the following elements:
If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD there are many new, exciting and effective ways to be treated. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline any time of day or night and one of our specially trained PTSD counselors will help you instantly. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and to connect you with the most effective treatment plan for your unique situation. Don’t endure the ongoing misery of PTSD with no hope for wellness. You can achieve emotional health after trauma if you find the right help. Call today.