Suffering from PTSD? If you live in Portland, and you are suffering form post traumatic stress disorder, please contact our Portland therapy office today. We are here and ready to help you recover and live a normal live again.
What is PTSD?
PTSD, which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a mental health issue that many develop after going through a life-threatening event. Often times, this event is military combat, an assault, some sort of accident, or even a natural disaster. In most situations, the PTSD symptoms tend to lessen a few months after the life threatening event takes place, eventually disappearing altogether. For some, however, the symptoms last longer, or could possibly even never go away.
There are four main types of symptoms when it comes to PTSD, but not everyone experiences them in the same ways.
Reliving or re-experiencing the event consists of what is referred to as flashbacks. A person feels as though they are going through the event or situation again. This symptom is often accompanied by bad memories or nightmares.
Avoidance is when someone who has experienced a traumatizing event tries to avoid situations or people who may trigger memories involving the event. People will often try to even avoid talking or thinking about the event that took place.
Negative beliefs and feelings are often something that take place in the mind of someone dealing with PTSD. PTSD can lead to guilt, shame, and feelings of depression. People with PTSD may find it hard to trust or even talk to others because of what they have gone through.
Hyperarousal is a common symptom of PTSD. Hyperarousal often consists of being jittery or overly alert. It can also lead to concentration issues as well as lack of sleep. This can lead to sudden irritability, anger, or even acting out in harmful, unhealthy ways.
Generally, treatment for PTSD consists of psychotherapy, such as counseling, or medication.
Psychotherapy can take place in many different forms. Often counselors will first talk with the PTSD patient and then, based on what they observe, determine the best course of action.
Cognitive behavioral therapy allows someone with PTSD to learn how to understand what changed a person’s thoughts or feelings. This allows someone with PTSD to change how they view or think of the trauma they have experienced. Sometimes in Cognitive behavioral therapy, a counselor will use Prolonged Exposure, to allow the patient to discuss the traumatic event repeatedly unless it no longer overly upsets them. This allows a person to feel in control and safe.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) allows a PTSD patient to focus on sounds while talking about the trauma as a way to help their brain work through any memories associated with the traumatic events that have taken place in their life.
Medication can be an effective tool in helping people through PTSD as well. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are often used when someone is dealing with depression. These can also help in combatting any nightmares related to PTSD trauma.
PTSD is a truly difficult, life changing battle, but it does not have to be the end. There are ways to get help. If you would like to contact a therapist in Portland or via Skype session, then please contact us here! We have caring staff ready to help you recover from PTSD in Oregon or anywhere else!