What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma. PTSD can manifest as nightmares, intense remembrances of the event, challenges in falling or staying asleep, feelings of unreasonable anger, and constant edginess. Sufferers often avoid situations that may produce thoughts or recollections of the traumatic event.
Although PTSD is often associated with soldiers, military, police officers, and other emergency personnel involved in life-threatening situations, the disorder can be triggered by any overwhelming experience. Chances for developing it are greatest if an incident is extreme, long-lasting, or repeated over time. Premeditated, human-inflicted trauma, such as rape or physical attack, tends to be more closely linked to PTSD than impersonal accidents and disasters. The level to which the distressing incident was unforeseen and out of a person’s control also plays a role.
What are the effects of PTSD?
The fear felt during traumatic events can have lifelong consequences. Individuals who experience sudden, unprovoked, and disturbing memory flashbacks or find themselves having repeated nightmares may be suffering from PTSD.
Many individuals will silently suffer from treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and seek to minimize its effects through self-destructive activities such as medicating traumatic memories with drugs, alcohol, food, or sexual behaviors.
The Meadows can help
Those who have experienced a traumatic event can benefit from seeking help. At The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona, clients are invited to recollect and share the emotions and sensations they experienced during the initial trauma or subsequent events.
At The Meadows, world-renowned experts in treating psychological trauma guide each patient through a safe and effective process of uncovering and processing any issues related to unresolved trauma and PTSD.
We can help restore the sense of control and lessen the powerful hold of trauma. Contact an Intake Coordinator at 800-244-4949 and learn how The Meadows can help.