Being a victim of a traumatic experience may leave an impact that goes deeper than the initial trauma.
When this happens, your symptoms may be diagnosed as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). When the acronym PTSD is heard, many may incorrectly associate it as an ailment only experienced by war veterans. In reality, PTSD affects various people for a wide range of reasons. Anytime someone experiences a significant trauma in their lives, they are at risk of becoming a victim of PTSD.
PTSD manifests itself through various life-damaging symptoms. These include but are not limited to; reliving the moment of trauma through flashbacks, physical reactions such as nausea or sweating, perpetual anxiety, nightmares, self-destructive behavior, depression, avoiding things that you associate with the trauma, and unwanted thoughts and behaviors. If you believe you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, there is help available.
Fortunately, PTSD is treatable through psychotherapy with a trained professional in both the short and long term. At Brightside Behavioral Health, our therapists are constantly discovering new methods designed to change the destructive thought patterns created through trauma.
It is our goal to not only teach you critical coping skills but to lessen your symptoms over time. We are able to achieve this with methods proven to reduce the symptoms of PTSD such as
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and cognitive behavioral therapy.
At Brightside Behavioral Health, we can assure you that your traumatic experience will not define who you are. Trauma may be part of your life, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.