Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD is characterized by a lasting negative effect on a person following a traumatic, shocking, or terrifying event. It is completely normal to have a reaction to a traumatic event. In fact it is how our body and minds work and help keep us alive in certain situations.
PTSD becomes an issue when negative reactions becomes ongoing and lasts over an extended period of time. PTSD is also characterized by having an impact on one’s relationship, work, or day-to-day life.
PTSD is very treatable and like many areas the first step is admitting there is an issue and asking for help. This can be very difficult for some groups such as military or police personnel as their training often includes being told they need to be “strong” no matter what. It is important to understand that acknowledging that there may be an issue is not a weakness but rather the first step in becoming even stronger through recovery. NorthPoint is experienced in working with those who struggle with PTSD and will develop a plan for help that is tailored to one’s personal needs.
Situations that can often lead to PTSD include:
- Combat experience/War Veteran
- Sudden loss of a loved one
- Near-Death experience
- Witnessing traumatic imagery
- Partner Relational Trauma
- Partner Betrayal
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Avoidance of certain areas or feelings
- Bad dreams related to the event
- Becoming easily startled
- Feeling “tense”
- Angry outbursts