Have you ever watched a really scary movie, and afterwards felt extremely jumpy? A knock on the door, a creak in your floor—everything seems a little bit louder, more intense. Imagine experiencing this feeling all the time: a never-ending constant state of fear. That feeling is often what someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experiences daily.
“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing creates change you do choose.” –Michele Rosenthal
At Thriveworks Maumelle, we know that living with PTSD can be a challenging feat. We have therapists that want to work with those suffering in order to help them manage this difficult mental illness. Our PTSD therapists are willing to assist people in order to process what has happened to them and allow them to feel safe again.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Signs and Symptoms
PTSD is a mental health condition that can arise after experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can vary depending on the person suffering through it. However, symptoms typically include:
- Mood changes
- Loss of concentration
- Severe anxiety
- Social isolation
- Unwanted thoughts
- Insomnia and other sleep disruptions
Symptoms don’t necessarily surface the day after an event takes place, instead it can take days, months, or years for symptoms to surface, which makes battling this illness a tough fight.
Risk factors for PTSD
When thinking about PTSD, many people associate it with war veterans, and although many of them do suffer from this condition, there is a wide scope of individuals affected by the illness. Some might include:
- Victims of physical or sexual assault
- Police officers
- ER doctors
- Individuals diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
These are only some of the examples of people who have heavy exposure to potential distress. If you feel like you have lived through or witnessed a traumatic event and it has left you feeling fearful and damaged, help is out there.
Healing and Treatment for PTSD
PTSD can be “wishy-washy” in terms of when and where symptoms arise—every person affected has a different experience. That said, the severity and frequency of these occurrences tend to do with how the PTSD is treated. Normally, a multiple approach method works best. Medications can be used to manage the symptoms associated with PTSD and is helpful with getting fear and anxiety under control. Many people choose to join a support group, and some even benefit from exercise.
PTSD has the ability to make one feel detached from friends and loved ones, and these are two ways to connect with others. Traditional counseling is one of the best ways those struggling with PTSD gain insight into how they developed PTSD and ways to cope with the triggers in everyday life. Therapy is influential in overcoming PTSD and setting someone on the road to recovery.
Schedule a Session at Thriveworks Maumelle Today
Do these signs or symptoms seem a little too similar to those you or a loved one are exhibiting? There is help for those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Here at Thriveworks Maumelle our dedicated counselors and therapists are ready to help you start on your path to healing. They are each equipped with the tools needed to assist you in overcoming this mental illness.
At Thriveworks we accept many different insurance plans as well as offering flexible hours with weekend and evening availability. Thriveworks has a “no waiting list” policy, as we want our clients to get the help they need as soon as possible.
One of our PTSD counselors are ready to support you and help you on your journey toward a happier, healthier, more secure life. Call today to set up your first appointment at (501) 628-9066.