What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as a car accident, a natural disaster, a sexual assault or combat.

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Complex PTSD) describes a more severe form of PTSD that can occur after long-term and repeated exposure to physical or emotional trauma over which a person has little or no control. Long-term exposure to trauma can disrupt a person’s ability to control emotions and form relationships with others. It can also cause memory problems, anxiety, guilt, the inability to trust and physical pains.

Symptoms of PTSD

Symptoms that are commonly associated with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can manifest in a myriad of ways, a few are the following:

  • Persistent sadness, suicidal thoughts or extreme anger

  • Difficulty controlling emotions

  • Memory loss

  • Feelings of shame or guilt

  • Inability to trust others

  • Dissociation

  • Physical pain that can’t be medically explained

  • Loss of identity

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How we treat PTSD and C-PTSD

Counseling for complex PTSD often includes addressing interpersonal, behavioral, emotional, and mental difficulties and methods for restoring control of one’s life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and psychotherapy can help restore a sense of control.  It’ll also help to understand the feelings and behaviors one is experiencing, and help change the way one thinks about the traumatic events that have happened.

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