Traumas can come in many forms and can include being robbed, raped, being in war, having a car accident, suffering from abuse, being assaulted, or a number of horrible events.  It’s normal to have difficulties after such a tragedy, but when you are unable to recover, you may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD can leave you feeling on edge and in constant fear.  It may prevent you from sleeping and may affect your work and personal life so much that you can’t function well.  Fortunately, there is treatment for PTSD and you can recover.

Through using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  the memory of the trauma can go from feeling like the trauma is in the present to feeling like it is in the past.  You are not likely to entirely forget your experience, but you can learn to be less triggered, less upset, and have a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms in response to thinking about the event.  Therapy will not cause you to be retraumatized or relive the trauma, but will help you to confront it and finally get your life back.

Some Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

  1. Having experienced a life-threatening or traumatizing event
  2. Recurrent thoughts about the trauma
  3. Nightmares related to the trauma
  4. Flashbacks
  5. Being triggered by reminders of the trauma
  6. Being triggered by anything associated with the trauma
  7. Avoiding thoughts, feelings, places, related to the trauma
  8. Not remembering part of or all of the trauma
  9. Feeling numb and/or having diminished interested in life
  10. Trouble sleeping
  11. Difficulty with concentration
  12. Getting startled easily
  13. Hypervigilance (anxiously aware your surroundings)
  14. Irritability or outbursts of anger
  15. Children may act out the trauma in their play