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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There are two types of PTSD, simple and complex. People experience PTSD after they are been exposed to an incident (or many of them) which are experienced as overwhelming. The degree and severity of PTSD varies. The symptoms of PTSD are quite uncomfortable, and many people are motivated to get help. These symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, intrusive memories, agitation, low mood, and anxiety. People who have PTSD may avoid things they associate with the original stressor.

It is possible to heal from PTSD, although with the more complex cases, it takes time. Most importantly for those seeking help for PTSD is to experience a “safe place’. This can occur with the right fit with a therapist, and with the development of the relationship. The treatment can occur in stages, unfolding as the person is ready to address the next issues. Support through this process is very important, as experiencing PTSD is painful.