There is Life After Trauma
We’ll provide hope until you feel it too. When most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they conjure images of an emotionally scarred soldier returning from war. The fact of the matter is PTSD does not discriminate. What may be traumatic to one may seem trivial to another.
Trauma can impact anyone of any age who has experienced a disturbing, shocking, dangerous, or traumatic event. While it’s perfectly natural to feel afraid, ashamed, or anxious after a traumatic event, many people recover from their initial reactions as time passes. However, this struggle becomes chronic for some individuals, negatively affecting their mental health, happiness, and quality of life.
What is PTSD?
Characteristics of PTSD
- Hypervigilance (feeling anxious or on edge, always looking for threats of danger)
- Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, or anger
- Sleep problems (trouble falling or staying asleep, recurring dreams, nightmares, feeling unsafe at night, etc.)
- Intrusive thoughts about the event(s)
- Detachment (avoiding family, friends, activities, or places)
- Dissociation (feeling numb, spacing out, detaching from people or things you love)
- Outbursts of anger outbursts
- Flashbacks about the event(s)
- Suicidal thoughts
What Causes or Triggers PTSD?
- Disturbing or stressful experiences in childhood or adulthood
- Inherited mental health risks, such as a family history of depression or anxiety
- Repeated exposure to traumatic stress
- The unique way the brain regulates the hormones and chemicals your body releases in response to stress and danger
Does Not Have
to Control Your Life
From our stress levels to our relationships and careers, trauma shapes many aspects of our lives when left unmanaged. At City Counseling Center, we are passionate about empowering our clients with the tools and solutions they need to heal from past traumas. Our family of counseling professionals works with children, teens, young adults, adults, and their families to help them get back to life where the focus is not happiness and wellbeing and not their past trauma(s).