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PTSD – or post traumatic stress disorder – has gone by many names over the years.  Shell shock.  Battle Fatigue.  Trauma.  The symptoms can be confusing to the trauma survivor and to the people around them.  Common emotional issues like depression, anxiety, phobias and insomnia are sometimes symptoms of trauma.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is not just regular pain. It’s as if the traumatizing event plays on a continuous loop in your head and will never go away. Events such as natural disasters, war, terrorism, accidents, prison, rape, assault, or abuse can lead to post traumatic stress. When such horrifying events happen, people can walk around living in constant fear and wondering how the rest of the world could just go on like nothing happened.

People with PTSD can feel hopeless and constantly confused and in distress.

Some common symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder:

  • flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • avoidance of places, people or conversations that remind you of the trauma
  • inability to enjoy once joyful activities
  • feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • irritability or anger outbursts
  • difficulty concentrating
  • increased anxiety
  • symptoms have lasted longer than a month after the trauma

Trauma survivors  deserve to have a normal, healthy, recovered life. If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD, don’t give up hope.  Even the deepest wounds can heal.   Counseling for post traumatic stress disorder can help.

Looking for an alternative therapy for PTSD recovery? Check out EMDR, equine therapy and  therapeutic yoga, meditation and mindfulness therapy

 

Resources

PTSD Symptoms

National Center for PTSD

PTSD and Trauma Help Center

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery and Growth  by Glenn Schiraldi

The Body Remembers: the Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild