If you have personally experienced or witnessed a terrifying event, one that is life-threatening and beyond your control, then you could develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The term PTSD was originally created to diagnose the psychological effect of war on soldiers (before that “shell shock syndrome” was used). However, all kinds of traumatic incidents, from rape to car accidents and natural disasters, can bring on PTSD.
Most people who have suffered from a traumatic experience will process the difficult emotions and memories, and improve over time – this is known as an Acute Stress Reaction. However, for some, the symptoms do not lift – they increase instead.
When this happens the person is still in psychological shock and over the following weeks and months, and maybe even years, will find it more and more difficult to cope with everyday life.
It is not always easy to spot PTSD symptoms as they can emerge gradually. Equally, they can be triggered by a reminder of the event (maybe a noise or a smell) or they can suddenly rise up out of the blue when you least expect it.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
In order to cope with the symptoms of PTSD, many will lean on drugs or alcohol to alleviate their pain or to try and gain control over their feelings. Unfortunately, substance abuse in this case creates a highly complicated dual diagnosis where the root causes of PTSD must be dealt in combination with drug or alcohol addiction therapy.
At Red Umbrella, we can help you find the right treatment for your particular combination of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
There are five basic forms of therapy that be used to treat those with PTSD. These are:
At Red Umbrella, our advice and experience will enable you to find the right treatment for PTSD. Our team have worked at and been in clinics that really can help with PTSD issues, and will ensure that you make the right recovery choice.