PTSD may develop after a traumatic experience

PTSD: What You Need to Know

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma. The disorder can be triggered by any overwhelming experience, and the chances for developing PTSD are greatest if an incident is extreme, long-lasting, or repeated over time. The level to which the distressing incident was unforeseen and out of a person’s control may also play a role.

PTSD and depression

Effects of PTSD

When a person has PTSD, his or her trauma symptoms either remain severe or worsen, leading to considerable life disruption and impaired functioning. Trauma that causes PTSD can be the result of a variety of experiences ranging from a life-threatening situation, a natural disaster, or physical harm to emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, serious illness, or injury. Sometimes trauma results from a specific event, but in other cases it stems from multiple or varying incidents that occurred over a period of time. The degree to which a person’s mental, physical, and emotional health was damaged, as well as how they perceived the event, may influence the development of PTSD.

Many individuals will silently suffer from PTSD and seek to minimize its effects through self-destructive activities, such as medicating traumatic memories with drugs, alcohol, food, or sexual behaviors. PTSD can also lead to the development of other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and even personality disorders. Trauma may be embedded deep in the psyche and must be resolved for the individual to find healing and relief.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Repeated nightmares
  • Intense remembrance of the event
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Feelings of unreasonable anger
  • Constant edginess
  • Avoidance of situations that may produce thoughts or recollections of the traumatic event.

The Stats on PTSD

Treating PTSD

In our program, individuals are invited to safely recollect and share the emotions and sensations they experienced during the initial trauma or subsequent events. Our world-renowned experts in treating psychological trauma guide each patient through an effective process of uncovering and processing any issues related to unresolved trauma and PTSD.

We use a wide range of experiential therapies including neurofeedback, mindfulness practices, equine-assisted psychotherapy, challenge courses, trauma-informed psychodrama, EMDR, and Somatic Experiencing to address PTSD. These evidence-based forms of treatment have proven effective in helping individuals process and overcome PTSD. Trauma disrupts the healthy connection to the brain, body, and emotions through pain and negative associations. At The Claudia Black Center for Young Adults we understand how trauma works and are experienced in rebuilding those connections in a positive way.

About 1 in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.
– The American Psychiatric Association

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Help for PTSD

PTSD is a serious condition that can hamper a young adult’s ability to function normally and live a healthy life. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center can help individuals suffering from PTSD as well as addiction and other mental health conditions. We offer a comprehensive treatment program that focuses on healing the whole person. PTSD and its accompanying issues are addressed every day in our programs, and our experienced staff looks forward to helping you begin your healing journey.

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