PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sounds scary. We hear about veterans with PTSD or maybe victims of mass shootings. And yes, these kinds of traumas cause PTSD. However, all kinds of other events can cause trauma. Things like car accidents, childhood abuse/neglect, sexual assault, and witnessing violence. Even just hearing about the violent death of a loved one or working as a First Responder can cause PTSD.

 

What is PTSD?

When you’ve been through a life-threatening or life-altering experience, your body and brain do all kinds of tricks to help you get through it. They basically shut everything non-essential down and focus on survival. Most of the time, after the threat is gone, your body and brain will then settle down, help you learn from the experience, and things get back to normal.

But sometimes, this settling down doesn’t happen. Instead, your body and brain stay on high alert. And each time something reminds you of what happened, your body goes back into that survival mode. And this happens over and over.

After a while, this becomes too much. You might start to also disassociate, numb out, or feel depressed.

Dealing with unresolved trauma can be confusing and overwhelming.

 

How Do I Know if I Have PTSD?

Some signs that trauma might be impacting your life include:

  • difficulty sleeping/nightmares
  • feeling alone inside and not close to others
  • easy to startle
  • feeling on edge all the time, like something bad will happen
  • flashbacks
  • strong feelings in your body or emotions that come over you all at once
  • sexual promiscuity
  • feeling numb/dissociated/losing time
  • avoiding thoughts/feelings/places/people that make you remember what happened
  • disordered eating
  • difficulty concentrating

If you even suspect you might have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, it is helpful to get some help. Our counselors can help you heal all the way so that when difficult things happen in the future, you will be fully healed and ready.

 

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What If It’s Been Years Since The Bad Thing Happened?

The tricky thing about PTSD is that it can come and go. Sometimes, things like denial and avoidance can work for years before any PTSD symptoms start to show. Often, people will start having symptoms when they are going through a big change. Maybe you are getting married, or your child is the same age as you were when the abuse happened, or you are finally in a safe, loving relationship. All kinds of things–good and bad–can trigger a PTSD episode.

Often, PTSD feels like a Jack In The Box. You never know when it will go off. But once you understand how PTSD works and start learning your triggers, PTSD can be managed and overcome.

 

How Do We Help?

We work with kids, teens, adults, partners and parents to help you not only heal, but completely break free from the negative effects of trauma. We work with all kinds of bad experiences, especially sexual traumas. You can be confident that we have the training and expertise to handle the most difficult of circumstances.

With counseling, our clients tend to…

  • feel strong and able to take on the world
  • know how to manage anxiety and stress
  • are prepared for bad things to happen in the future
  • believe in themselves
  • have strong, connected relationships
  • know how to ask for what they need
  • sleep soundly
  • embrace their bodies
  • enjoy life and feel alive
  • set and maintain healthy boundaries
  • have fun and laugh often

If you or someone you love is going through any of this…

 

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Our counselors and staff at Hope For The Journey know that you matter. Whether you are ready to dive right in or are scared to take the first step, we are here for you from start to finish and will go at your pace.

 

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