Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is like carrying an invisible weight, but understanding the condition and exploring effective treatment options can pave the way toward healing. At Ascend Health & Wellness Center our compassionate licensed providers employ an evidence-based holistic approach to PTSD treatment.
If you are struggling with PTSD do not hesitate to reach out to us at (386) 243-9220 with any questions and to discuss how we can help you.
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrom is a complex mental health condition that often arises after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can affect anyone, from military veterans to survivors of accidents, natural disasters, or violent crimes. Understanding the symptoms is the first step toward recognizing and addressing PTSD.
PTSD symptoms can manifest in various ways, affecting both mental and physical well-being. Flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event are common psychological symptoms. On the physical side, individuals may experience heightened anxiety, insomnia, and a heightened startle response.
- Intrusive memories: Recurrent, distressing memories, flashbacks, or nightmares related to the traumatic event, causing significant emotional distress and interfering with daily activities.
- Avoidance: Persistent efforts to avoid reminders or triggers associated with the traumatic experience, such as people, places, conversations, or activities, leading to social withdrawal and a narrowed range of interests.
- Negative changes in thinking and mood: Persistent negative emotions, distorted beliefs about oneself or others, feelings of detachment from loved ones, and a diminished interest in previously enjoyable activities, contributing to a sense of emotional numbness.
- Hyperarousal: Heightened reactivity to stimuli, including increased irritability, difficulty concentrating, exaggerated startle response, and sleep disturbances, reflecting an ongoing state of physiological arousal and hypervigilance.
PTSD is not a sign of weakness, and seeking help is a courageous step toward healing.