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Resurgence Recovery Center at Resurgence Recovery Center addiction and mental health rehab program treats Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are many types of trauma which can result in the onset of PTSD. Although some forms of trauma may be perceived as less catastrophic, they can be just as emotionally damaging as surviving military combat, a natural disaster or life-threatening accident. PTSD can lead to other health problems, such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, hypersexual behavior, or substance abuse.
Resurgence Recovery Center mental health center and drug rehab provides comprehensive complex trauma and PTSD treatment for survivors of childhood and/or adult trauma. Learn more about our PTSD inpatient treatment or call 888-503-1380.
What is PTSD?
Considered an anxiety disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed when trauma-related symptoms disrupt daily life and are ongoing. PTSD can, for some, require intensive support and therapy, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Somatic Experiencing®. For others, treatment may consist of a techniques such as counseling, relaxation techniques, medication, or psychiatric services.
What Causes PTSD?
Trauma of varying types can reshult in PTSD. PTSD sufferers may have witnessed someone else suffer injury, experience a dangerous situation, or die. A life-threatening illness or accident, becoming the victim of assault, or surviving a natural disaster are all examples of experiences which can lead to PTSD. Simply hearing of another person’s traumatic experiences has been known to cause the disorder.
PTSD can be the result of a single event.
When someone faces overwhelming life circumstances, the consequences can be long-standing and crippling. An event that exposes someone to the possibility of their own death or the death of others or to the possibility of grave injury to themselves or others can cause PTSD. Severe emotional distress, intense fear and helplessness, and other psychological effects can continue long after the experience itself has ended.
Types of PTSD Symptoms
When trauma symptoms persist and can be considered clinically significant for over a month, PTSD may be the resulting diagnosis. These Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms are grouped into three major categories:
- Numbing or avoidance
Numbing and Avoidance Trauma Symptoms
It is common for PTSD sufferers to avoid reminders of or discussions of the causal trauma. Individuals will sometimes go to great lengths to avoid the memories which stir the thoughts and feelings of the trauma. He or she may withdraw from social interaction or display other behavioral changes which disrupts his or her daily routine. The individual may “shut down” or become unresponsive to the present. PTSD sufferers may also experience a lack of interest or participation in normal activities. This is known as “numbing” – dulled emotions and sensations.
PTSD key symptoms are distressful memories and unwanted thoughts which occur spontaneously, known as intrusive thoughts. These symptoms are known as re-experiencing and – if severe enough – can interfere with mood stability, concentration, problem-solving, and performance in day-to-day tasks. Re-experiencing can also affect appetite or disrupt sleep. It can affect other important areas; such as self-care, social interactions, and job or family roles. These symptoms are considered clinically significant if they interfere with normal functioning, and they can be critical enough to affect all realms of life functions.
Re-experiencing can also manifest as dreams, nightmares or flashbacks. Flashbacks are intense experiences in which the past seems to be happening in the present, although the individual is awake. The sensations the individual experienced during the trauma are relived, leaving the person disoriented and crippled by the original horror and fear of the past. Flashbacks are considered dissociative, as the individual is abruptly and temporarily separated or detached from the reality of the present. Dreams can also create a sensation of fear and helplessness, although the dream experience may sometimes be more symbolic. The dreams or nightmares can also be a reliving experience, and they often lead to insomnia or other chronic sleep disorders.
Hyper-arousal Trauma Symptoms
Hyper-alertness and increased energy is often experienced by individuals in jeopardy. For PTSD sufferers, these elevated levels continue long beyond the actual jeopardy experience. Hyper-vigilant fear, watchfulness and distrust are common PTSD symptoms. Other symptoms of hyper-arousal include irritability, physical agitation and wakefulness.
Types of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Each of the three different manifestations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a distinct medical diagnosis. Each diagnosis is determined by the specific onset and duration of symptoms experienced.
The Three Types of PTSD:
- Acute Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Symptoms of numbing, re-experiencing and hyper-arousal last less than three months.
- Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Symptoms of numbing, re-experiencing and hyper-arousal continue for three months or more.
- Delayed Onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Symptoms of numbing, re-experiencing and hyper-arousal are delayed, beginning at least six months after the traumatic event.
Treatments for PTSD and Complex Trauma at Resurgence Recovery Center
Our staff is trained in the latest, evidence-based Trauma therapies. This can include EMBR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which has proven to be greatly effective when treating PTSD. Our clients feel free in our non-judgmental space to fully explore the feelings and horrors they experienced during the trauma, to express their fears and hopelessness, and to change their negative beliefs about self and others. Learn more about trauma treatment at Resurgence Recovery Center mental health and drug and alcohol rehab in California.
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