Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a devastating psychological disorder that has the power to destroy a person’s life. Experiencing trauma overwhelms the emotional functions of a person, which causes the individual to essentially shut down emotionally. The unprocessed, pent-up emotions from the traumatic experience fester in the subconscious region of the brain and can cause a number of terrible symptoms, including the following:
People with PTSD can be very hard to live with. Friends and family members often live in fear of the next outburst, even as they want desperately to help. The disorder often leads to addiction and other co-occurring disorders that cause significant pain to all involved.
PTSD can be caused by any emotionally overwhelming experience. The following is a partial list of the most common types of trauma that can cause PTSD:
While PTSD is a tragically common condition for soldiers, paramedics, firemen and law enforcement officers to experience, anyone can be exposed to sudden trauma and develop the disorder.
While there is no known cure for PTSD, there are several specialized types of counseling that can help a person manage the symptoms effectively. The key to treating PTSD is to allow the brain to process the pent-up emotions caused by the trauma. Some of the most effective treatment techniques include the following:
There are also benefits to certain medical treatments. Recovery professionals can help you find the best treatment plan for your unique needs. In time and with help, you will find that your relationships can be repaired and will often be a critical component of your ongoing recovery.
Our confidential, toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day with caring professional counselors ready to answer your questions about PTSD and to help you find the best treatment available. It may be hard for you to imagine finding peace of mind again, but we can help. You don’t need to walk this road alone. We can help you find your way out of the fog of PTSD and back into the love and support of your friends and family. Call today.