"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another"
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms may include nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, heightened reactivity to stimuli, anxiety or depressed mood. People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger and they may feel detached or estranged from other people.
PTSD symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person. Post traumatic stress disorder can result in personality changes with serious individual and social consequences. Untreated PTSD from any trauma is unlikely to disappear and can contribute to chronic pain, depression, drug and alcohol abuse and sleep problems that impede a person's ability to work and interact with others. Adults with PTSD can sometimes feel like they are "going crazy" or are "broken" following a trauma. But it is important to keep in mind that PTSD is a treatable anxiety disorder.
There are different types of psychological therapies used to treat people with PTSD. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Exposure and response prevention. Remember, PTSD is reversible if counselled and treated early. If you or friend or family member has undergone such a stressful situation, it is time to get early counselling before symptoms manifest. Talk to our professional Counsellors and begin your new life. While individual treatment will vary from patient-to-patient, counsellors can guide individuals to select an appropriate treatment strategy that will help them recover from trauma. Get in touch now.