Have You Experienced a Traumatic Event That Continues to Haunt You?
Do You Have Difficulty Sleeping?
Do You Live in Fear?
Are You Constantly Experiencing Flashbacks or Nightmares?
If you have experienced trauma, or if you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, you can benefit significantly from therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Trauma is generally known as a distressing situation in which you feel severely threatened physically, emotionally, or psychologically. As a result of its intensity, trauma can have a significant impact on your life. While most of us experience trauma in our lives at one time or another, most of us recover from it eventually and continue with our lives.
Trauma Can Result from Many Things:
Unexpected medical scares (such as a heart attack or stroke)
Acts of War
Neglect or Abuse
Trauma can result from neglect, abuse, a car accident, a nonconsensual sexual act, the death of a loved one, being in a war, witnessing or being involved in a criminal attack, or a natural disaster. If you have been deeply impacted by trauma and the effects are continuing to haunt you, help is available. Those who have long-term effects from trauma can suffer from post-traumatic stress long after the event including confusion, sleeplessness, heightened sensitivity to triggers, emotional pain, anxiety, and fear.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Be Treated
We Can Help You Work to Leave These Difficult Experiences in Your Past.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTSD), it is a psychological reaction that resulted from a physically threatening and stressful situation that has impacted you
significantly. Long after the danger has passed, those who have PTSD may be still be paranoid, fearful and anxious.
Many military war veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD. PTSD was first recognized as an official condition by the American Psychiatric Association after being lobbied to do so by the Vietnam Veterans Working Group in support of Vietnam Veterans who were suffering from the disorder after having served in the war. Before it was incorporated into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, it was often referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue.
There are several symptoms associated with PTSD. If a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or physically threatening event or has learned that a traumatic event happened to a close family member or friend, an individual may have PTSD if they display any of these specific symptoms for at least 1 month.
Avoiding specific locations, situations, sights, or sounds that remind you of the event
Guilt or numbness
Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks
Irritability or anger
Reckless or aggressive behavior
Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
Difficulty remembering details of the event
Behavior and habit change since the traumatic event
Therapy is an Effective Treatment Option
The most effective treatment for healing from the after effects of trauma is specific trauma informed therapy. Counseling or therapy will help you regain control of your feelings, understand and make sense of your experiences, and develop ways to stay safe. You will also learn how to incorporate coping skills and feel more comfortable telling your trauma narrative. Your counselor or therapist can also help you connect with support and resources that have proven to be beneficial. Even years after a traumatic event you can effectively heal with the help of a qualified therapist.
Take the First Step in Regaining Control of Your Life
Contact Rocky Mountain Counseling today by calling (720) 252-0345 to schedule an appointment. We can help you overcome your traumatic experience and regain control of your emotions and your life. PTSD is treatable, and we are ready to help you take that next step in regaining your strength!
Caring, compassionate trauma counselors are waiting to help you take the next step forward so you can leave the turmoil behind you. We look forward to supporting you through your healing process.