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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 







Have you or a loved one suffered a life-changing event? 


Are you finding it difficult to cope?  


It is perfectly normal to experience strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty after experiencing a traumatic event. However, if you find that you are continuing to experience intense or disturbing thoughts and feelings long after a traumatic event has ended, you may be suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  


People with PTSD frequently relive past trauma through flashbacks or nightmares and may feel detached from others; avoiding situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event. It is also common to experience strong feelings of fear, anger, sadness, guilt, or shame.  


Facts About PTSD 


   7.7 million Americans age 18 and older have been diagnosed with PTSD. 

   67% of people exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD, a higher rate than those exposed to natural disasters or other types of traumatic events. 

   People who have experienced previous traumatic events run a higher risk of developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, which is characterized by three main types of symptoms: 


    • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
    • Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
    • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.

PTSD Treatments and Counseling 

There are several treatments options for people suffering from PTSD:  



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  



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