PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD and the effects of trauma can be frightening and overwhelming. You may also feel that people don’t understand what you’re going through, or it will never stop. That can feel very lonely. There is help and effective treatment for PTSD. You don’t have to be alone. Our therapists are here to support and help you recover.

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD and the effects of trauma can be frightening and overwhelming. You may also feel that people don’t understand what you’re going through, or it will never stop. That can feel very lonely. There is help and effective treatment for PTSD. You don’t have to be alone. Our therapists are here to support and help you recover.

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD and the effects of trauma can be frightening and overwhelming. You may also feel that people don’t understand what you’re going through, or it will never stop. That can feel very lonely. There is help and effective treatment for PTSD. You don’t have to be alone. Our therapists are here to support and help you recover.
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PTSD & Trauma

If you’ve recently experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, you might wonder if you are having a normal reaction or have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This is normal if you feel numbness, sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, and guilt after experiencing a distressing or traumatic experience. If you’ve had these feelings for more than a month, you may be experiencing PTSD, which is a good time to seek out extra support or professional guidance from a therapist.

PTSD

PTSD occurs due to experiencing, witnessing, and/or remembering a traumatic event. If you have experienced an accident, assault, abuse, or natural disaster, any terrible event that threatens death, violence, or serious injury can be traumatic.  

If you feel strong and unmanageable emotions and unpleasant effects from this trauma after 30 days of the event, you are probably experiencing PTSD. Working through this is more manageable and productive with the help of a therapist.

The symptoms of PTSD can vary in severity; however, they generally fall into four categories

Intrusion: Symptoms can include repeated memories, distressing dreams, or flashbacks. Many people with PTSD feel like they live in constant fear.

Avoidance: People with PTSD tend to avoid anything that reminds them of the event, whether it be people, places, or activities.

Changes in Mood & Thoughts: Mood changes can cause a person to experience constant fear, anger, guilt, shame, detachment from others, and struggle to experience positive emotions. People may forget parts of the trauma or develop false beliefs about themselves relating to the event.

Increased Arousal & Reactivity: This can be extreme irritability that causes angry, reckless behavior, hyperawareness, or problems with concentration and sleeping.

FAQ

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Trauma & PTSD
At Counseling ABQ, we use evidence-based treatments, including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, and Meditation and Mindfulness Exercises.
Everyone is different, depending on how complex the trauma or traumas are, but people generally start to feel several weeks of therapy. The process is often gradual, and people continue their therapy for several months or even longer than a year. We will guide and help you to take small steps that will help to decrease your anxiety over time.
If you are experiencing unwanted symptoms from an event that happened less than one month ago, it is not categorized as someone having PTSD. Over time, many people’s symptoms fade. There are a few ways to help the effects of trauma fade away and not become PTSD:

  • Talk through the events. 
  • Let yourself grieve.
  • Change traumatic thoughts to something more positive.
  • Recognize and disconnect yourself from the triggers.

Just because these trauma symptoms are not PTSD, you don’t need to go through this alone.  Perhaps these symptoms would go away on their own. However, seeing a therapist will make the process less painful and lonely and probably speed up the health process. A trauma therapist will provide you with a safe place to deal with these feelings, leading to less pain and more healing.
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