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PTSD Counseling In Slidell

Many people are exposed to trauma during their lives, whether they experience it themselves, witness it in person, or are repeatedly exposed to it in the media. It is common for people who live through trauma to experience a wide range of distressing feelings in the days and weeks that follow. In most people, these feelings naturally subside over time. In others, however, they persist and develop into symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a potentially debilitating condition that can steal your life. Left untreated, PTSD can even lead to suicide.

WHO GETS PTSD?

About 3.5% of U.S. adults suffer from PTSD, and an estimated 1 in 11 will be diagnosed with the condition at some point during their lifetime. Although most people think the condition primarily affects military veterans, it can strike anyone—any nationality, any occupation, any ethnicity—at any age, including children.

PTSD can affect men and women, however, females are two to three times more likely to experience the condition than males. In addition, women tend to suffer trauma at a younger age when it has a greater impact on brain development.

TYPES OF TRAUMA ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF PTSD

Many types of trauma can lead to PTSD. In general, any frightening, dangerous, or life-threatening event can trigger PTSD symptoms. Here are some common ones:
  • Physical assault
  • Childhood abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Repeated exposure to violence (police officers, firefighters, etc.)
  • Military combat
  • Being held at gunpoint
  • Seeing someone get seriously hurt or killed
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters
  • Automobile accidents
  • Mass shootings
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Other incidents in which one’s life is perceived to be threatened


Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a direct victim of the traumatic event. Being exposed to violent and dangerous situations through the media or indirectly can affect some people so deeply that they develop symptoms of PTSD.

RECOGNIZE PTSD SYMPTOMS

Following a traumatic event, people are likely to experience an array of uncomfortable reactions. Our brains are wired to alarm us about the presence and threat of danger, so having a biological and psychological response to trauma is normal. These symptoms usually diminish as time passes. Unfortunately, not everyone heals with time. When symptoms persist, it is a sign of PTSD.

Symptoms may develop immediately following a traumatic event. In some trauma survivors, however, it can take weeks or months for symptoms to arise. For others, they may not develop until years later when triggered by new trauma. Because of this, people often don’t associate their distressing symptoms with the trauma they experienced.

COMMON PTSD SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Intense recollections such as flashbacks and nightmares
  • Inability to recall certain aspects of what happened
  • Avoidance of people, places, or things that are reminders of the event
  • A refusal to talk about the event
  • Inability to discuss one’s feeling about the trauma
  • Distressing memories
  • Inability to stop thinking about the incident
  • Increased or excessive anxiety
  • Heightened fearfulness
  • Always being on guard or “jumpy”
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Problems with sleep
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyed
  • Anger and irritability
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Social isolation
  • Self-destructive behavior

You may not have all of these symptoms, but people with PTSD usually have several of them. Be aware that it is common for PTSD to occur with other conditions, including depression, anxiety, addictions, traumatic brain injury, and cognitive issues, such as memory problems. The symptoms associated with these conditions can often make it more challenging to diagnose PTSD.

PTSD IS NOT A MENTAL DISORDER. PTSD IS A BRAIN DISORDER.

PTSD is usually referred to as a psychological issue, but even though PTSD can impact your psychological wellbeing, it is not JUST a mental disorder. It’s important to understand that struggling with symptoms of PTSD is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness.

HOW We CAN HELP DIAGNOSE AND TREAT PTSD

We use an individualized assessment plan to diagnose and treat our Clients. We assess other factors based on biological, psychological, social, and spiritual experiences that can contribute to PTSD symptoms. Based on this information, together with our client we establish a personalized treatment plan using the most effective solutions a client is comfortable with to achieve a better outcome.
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