Imagine living a life without worry, fear, and emotional paralysis of PTSD. It is possible, there is hope and healing from PTSD with the right help. At The Center • A Place of HOPE we have the right expert care for you, a whole-person centered treatment program tailored just for you.
PTSD can appear even months or years after a traumatic event that has taken place. PTSD can be difficult to diagnose, especially for yourself when you are unsure what is happening in your own mind. Although some of the symptoms of PTSD can be similar to those of depression, or anger, PTSD is different. If left untreated, it can continue to affect your work, your relationships, your hobbies and your sleep.
7-8 people out of every 100 will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. About 8 million adults have PTSD each year. PTSD is more common in women than in men, with 10% of women and 4$ of men experiencing PTSD.
If you notice any of these symptoms happening after you have gone through a traumatic event, and especially if they are lasting for longer than a week or two, then it is best to seek the help of a health professional. PTSD symptoms generally fit with 4 different types of symptoms:
Symptoms of avoidance may include things like trying to avoid thinking, or talking about the traumatic event that took place, as well as avoiding the place or people involved in the event. You may even avoid any activities that may remind you or are in any way similar to the traumatic event that took place.
Sometimes avoidance behavior can result in you avoiding all people, not just the ones who were involved in the traumatic incident that took place. This can cause you to feel quite isolated and detached from people around you.
After a traumatic event it is normal to initially relive what happened, but if these flashbacks and recurrent reliving of the event continues, it can become harmful. If you find that you are having upsetting dreams or nightmares after the event, or are constantly have recurring memories and thoughts about the event, you may be suffering from PTSD.
Other symptoms with intrusive thoughts and memories may be severe emotional distress and physical reaction to something that reminds you of the event; feelings of anxiety, and guilt when you think about the event; or even being unable to concentrate as the memory of the event continues to replay in your mind.
Some of the physical feelings you may feel when you are reliving the event may be heart palpitations, chills, shaking, headaches, difficulty breathing and even panic attacks.
Negative changes in behavior
These changes can make your emotions feel a lot more intense or may cause you to react differently than you normally would in a situation. These emotional reactions are also known as arousal symptoms.
You may feel easily startled or frightened. You may find yourself having angry, irrational outbursts for no apparent reason, and that it seems to be happening frequently. You may feel that you are always on guard for danger, and that you don’t ever really relax as you feel something bad is going to happen. You may also have problems with sleeping and concentrating.
Some people report having self-destructive behavior, doing things like drinking too much, driving too fast or being very aggressive on the roads.
Mood swings and changes
Changes in mood may result in your feeling numb emotionally, or feeling hopeless or shameful. People with PTSD describe feelings on intense guilt and somehow blame yourself for what happened or for feeling the way you do. You often feel more negative than positive.
Sometimes you can have the opposite of reliving the event over and over, you can actually forget important parts of the event and become unable to recall what actually happened.
PTSD can cause you to have difficulties with relationships with loved ones and cause you to become uninterested in activities and things you used to enjoy.
Intensity of symptoms
PTSD symptoms are not always the same and can vary in intensity over time. When you are more stressed, or placed in a situation that mimics the traumatic event, the symptoms can become more pronounced and severe. Sometimes even just hearing something on the news about someone else who went through what you did, can cause the symptoms to flare up and become quite intense.
Treatment for PTSD needs to be very specific to you and the trauma that you went through. At The Center • A Place of HOPE our treatment looks at every aspect of your life, and assesses each part to ensure we give you the best care possible for you.
Our assessments include fitness, medical health, nutritional health, family history and background, your career and your everyday hobbies and sports. This well-rounded approach to assessment and treatment can help us to ensure we are giving you the best level of care tailored to you, the individual.
Our treatment team comprises of psychologists, registered nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, fitness professionals, counselors, nutritionists, and dieticians.
It is possible to get help for your PTSD. There is hope and healing for you. Let us help you and we can start you on the road to recovery, one step at a time.
We also ensure to treat any other illnesses you may be experiencing concurrently, such as anxiety or depression. It is important than all aspects of your health and mental health are looked after.
If you are worried about yourself or loved one experiencing some of these symptoms, please ask for help and contact The Center • A Place of HOPE as they will be able to help you.