PTSD / TRAUMA
Trauma Counseling & Therapy Services in Omaha
Have you or a loved one suffered a life-changing event? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to cope?
When going through a difficult experience, it is normal to feel a range of emotions. However, in cases of trauma, tragedy, or abuse, a person's cognitive processors may shut down in attempt to cope or survive. Despite this, the brain and body remain on high alert, capturing fragments of sound, smell, and feelings associated with the event, trapping the memory in a maladaptive way that prevents important neural connections from being made that would ensure accurate processing and adaptive interpretation of the distressing event.
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/Trauma.
People with PTSD frequently relive past trauma through flashbacks or nightmares. They 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.
Even when your mind has little recollection of distressing past experiences, your body remembers. As a result, a sound, smell, person or experience can trigger a memory of unprocessed trauma, engaging a chain reaction of intense, and often, unexpected neuro-physiological responses. Until you are able to access, reprocess and accept your distressing memories, symptoms are likely to continue, compromising your access to peace, joy and healthy relationships.
Facts About PTSD
- Nearly 8 million Americans age 18 and older have diagnosed PTSD during a given year.
- Approximately 7-8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
- 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 Risk Factors
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age including: war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.
Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to PTSD.
Why do some people develop PTSD and other people do not?
It is important to remember that not everyone who lives through a dangerous event develops PTSD. There are many factors that play a role in whether a person will develop PTSD. Some examples are listed below.
Some factors that increase risk for PTSD include:
- Living through dangerous events and traumas
- Getting hurt
- Seeing another person hurt, or seeing a dead body
- Childhood trauma
- Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
- Having little or no social support after the event
- Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home
- Having a history of mental illness or substance abuse
While Risk factors make a person more likely to develop PTSD, resilience factors can help reduce the risk of the disorder. Some factors that may promote recovery after trauma include:
- Seeking out support from other people, such as friends and family
- Finding a support group after a traumatic event
- Learning to feel good about one’s own actions in the face of danger
- Having a positive coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event and learning from it
- Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
~ Helen Keller
PTSD/Trauma Treatment at Counseling Connections & Associates
There are several treatments options for people suffering from PTSD:
How We Help
At Counseling Connections & Associates, we help our clients overcome adversity, PTSD/trauma, or significant stress by building resilience through a combination of education, support, and skills-building.
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