Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The essential feature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the development of a characteristic set of symptoms following exposure to an extremely stressful event. People with PTSD often have lasting and frightening thoughts and memories of the event and may become emotionally numb. Typical symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Distressing memories of the event
  • Recurrent disturbing dreams of the event
  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event, such as reliving the event, or having hallucinations, illusions, or flashbacks about it
  • Intense distress when exposed to situations similar to the event
  • Avoidance of situations resembling the event
  • Trouble recalling aspects of the trauma
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Increased anxiety
  • Exaggerated ‘startle’ response

Many types of traumatic events can trigger PTSD, including personal injuries, experiencing threats, witnessing accidents, or even learning about violence or threats to significant others. In PTSD, the person usually feels intense fear, helplessness, or horror at the unfolding situation. If you would like more information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), please call us at one of the numbers listed above in the top right corner of the page, or read the PTSD checklist and fill out the contact form to the right and we will contact you.

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