Prescott, Arizona: military veterans who served in combat, men and women with bad divorce experiences, people who experienced childhood traumas, and those who have experienced work-related stress know that sometimes PTSD will also occur as a result.
Are you replaying a certain scene in your imagination over and over again, or are you playing a set of scenes over and over again which are creating strong feelings of discomfort and stress?
Nat’l Center for PTSD – va.gov
PTSD often occurs when a person experiences a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. While 70% of Americans experience a traumatic experience in our lives, many get past the fear and fright of the event. Some folks do get longer lasting, undesired effects that makes them feel upset and stressed.
Some statistics on PTSD include:
- 1 of 9 women develops PTSD
- About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
- 15% of Vietnam vets, 12% Gulf War vets, and 11-20% OIF/OEF vets have PTSD during a given year
Suffering from PTSD and haven’t been able to find a treatment or medication that has helped you get back to being yourself?
There is real relief for PTSD, and it might very well work for you, too
If you are reading this and you or someone you know has been diagnosed with or experiences PTSD call me at (928) 710-8898 and let’s talk for a few minutes.
The clients I work with keep replaying a certain scene over and over again, or a couple of scenes that keep on going like a loop.
You are not alone, and it doesn’t have to always be like this.
My clients are people who have witnessed suicides of loved ones and spouses, been through traumatic divorces, and witnessed shocking military experiences.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health people who experience a traumatic event will react with shock, anger, nervousness, fear, or even guilt. For most people, these common reactions go away over time, but for someone experiencing PTSD, these feelings continue to escalate until the person has difficulty living a normal life.
Someone with PTSD usually has symptoms for longer than a month and cannot function as well as they did before the traumatic event.
“It’s like I’m constantly in survival mode,” Dana says. “I perceive a lot of things as a threat. My reaction is immediate defense for survival. My reaction to an unexpected tap on the shoulder from behind is quite different from someone without PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD are often grouped into three main categories that include:
Reliving the traumatic experience: Survivors of trauma may experience nightmares or flashbacks of the traumatic event. This might be triggered by something that reminds the survivor of the event, like the anniversary of the event or a similar location or even a language.
Avoidance: People may remove themselves from people or situations that are similar in some way to the traumatic event. Survivors may become detached from their loved ones and lose interest in their previous passions.
Increased arousal: Those with PTSD may become more sensitive to their emotions or bodily sensations. They may have high anxiety levels, insomnia, trouble focusing and be hyper-vigilant (always on guard), among other symptoms.
“I’m constantly under some kind of pressure,” Dana says. “I’m not the same happy, loving person I once was. It feels like there’s a barrier wall in front of me and I can’t scale it.”