About PTSD & Treatment For Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Examples of traumatic events could be war, rape, domestic violence, car accident, natural disaster, etc. Most people will experience symptoms listed below in the first month or so after the event; however, typically these symptoms fade. For others, the symptoms continue, possibly leading to a diagnosis of PTSD. People whose symptoms do not fade should seek professional help.

Symptoms may include

These symptoms can cause relationship, employment, or addiction problems as people try to escape or avoid the feeling of reliving the traumatic event. Processing through what has happened and learning how to cope in healthier ways with a therapist can help a person tremendously towards getting back to living rather than avoiding, and trying to escape.