PTSD Symptoms are NOT normal behaviors but are responses to triggers that take an individual back to the original traumatic event.
Individuals suffering from PTSD symptoms may find themselves in a constant state of anxiety and/or fear.
Most often, when people think of PTSD, they often think only of war traumas. However, PTSD symptoms are not limited to war experiences. Some individuals have complex PTSD experiences due to continued emotional or physical abuse. (Wiki)
Living a peaceful, fear-free life is nearly impossible for some sufferers. Sleep evades them, and the idea of relaxing and releasing the stresses of the day is just something that is nearly impossible for a sufferer to even consider – let alone do.
In order to overcome PTSD symptoms, it is vital that an individual realizes that this is not something that they can do on their own and that it will take time to accomplish. It is very important that if you are suffering from some of the following symptoms below, that you seek the assistance of a trained and professional counselor or physician.
PTSD SYMPTOMS (reference)
- Reliving a traumatic event
- Easily triggered
If an individual has experienced traumatic events such as automobile accidents where there was injury or death, they might continue to experience the emotional trauma and mental anguish well after they have recovered physically.
Any time an individual experiences a total loss of control in a situation that involves high stress and trauma, there are lingering emotional and mental stressors that, for some, are extremely difficult to release. The fear of a traumatic event repeating itself is so strong, that sometimes a person is left in a constant state of “fight or flight”.
The fight-or-flight response (also called hyperarousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon. (Wiki)
Healing is not an instantaneous experience but is done in layers. The longer a person delays in seeking help, the more layers that are added due to the repetitive, and negative state of mind that sufferers experience.
If you are a family member of someone who is struggling with symptoms that you suspect might be caused by PTSD or a traumatic event, and they are having a hard time moving past a painful memory, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Family members are also subject to additional stressors when one of their loved ones is in pain. Mental and emotional illnesses are extremely difficult to navigate through when it appears hopeless that life will be any different.
Contact us now and begin your journey back to living a life that is free from crushing anxiety and stress due to having experienced a traumatic event. Ask us about group discounts if you’d like your entire family to receive these services too!
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