Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can take place in anyone when a severe trauma occurs. These traumas can produce intense fear, feelings of helplessness and terror. It can occur when there is a plane crash, rape, assault, sudden death, earthquakes, or other violent crimes against you or your family.
Some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder:
Nightmares related to the event
Feelings of hopeless about the future
Losing interest in activities
Feelings of detachment
Persistent symptoms of increased anxiety, such as difficulty falling asleep, or irritability
Repetitive, distressing thoughts about the event
Treatment for PTSD can impact your whole family. Your family may not understand why you get angry or why you are under so much stress. Family therapy is a type of counseling that involves the whole family. In therapy we help you and your family communicate more effectively, maintain good relationships and cope with some of the difficult emotions. Another form of therapy found to be very effective is cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you identify your fearful thoughts and replace them with more accurate and less distressing thoughts. This is also known as cognitive restructuring.
In some cases, it may be necessary for us to refer you to our psychiatrist for medication.