It may be that you are avoiding exposure to situations or people who may trigger thoughts about your traumatic experience. Although at first this may feel like a good strategy, with time people begin to recognize that it starts to affect different areas of their lives in negative ways.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) could be caused by the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event or by learning that a loved one had experienced a traumatic event. Although not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD, according to the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it has been estimated that approximately 7.8 percent of Americans will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts about the event, irritability, and severe anxiety and depression. These symptoms can cause serious issues in people’s lives and cause problems in social, personal, and occupational areas of functioning. It is imperative that individuals who experience trauma seek professional help in order to reduce symptoms and return to their normal level of functioning.
Psychotherapy is the most effective way to help people recover from trauma. Our main approach to treating individuals with PTSD is Trauma-Focused Therapy. With the use of this model we help people make sense of the traumatic events they had experienced, incorporate these experiences into their lives, and learn to live satisfying lives. We also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure therapy techniques in order to help individuals develop positive coping skills and learn to react to triggers in adaptive ways.
If you would like to read more about psychotherapy for PTSD, below are some scholarly articles that describe it in greater details: