Trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or difficult event. It is often manifested in flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. To a lesser degree, you may find yourself thinking about a particularly bad experience when you don’t want to. Perhaps a mental image of the scene or your anger may pop up while you are at work. With time the experience usually stops bothering you and you no longer think about it. With PTSD these disturbing and intrusive thoughts persist, sometimes for many years. This is referred to as capital “T” trauma.
When people refer to trauma, they often refer to events that involve a reaction of fear, terror, or helplessness such as in PTSD. But events can also be disturbing because of personal significance. Getting a failing grade in school, or constantly being yelled at by a parent can still erode ones belief in themselves. If enough events such as this occur, ones belief system can be greatly impaired. This is referred to as little “t” trauma.
In the treatment of trauma, the distinction between capital “T” trauma (PTSD) and little “t” trauma is not significant. The treatment approach is the same. The trauma of the experience gets locked in the nervous system and needs to be reprocessed and released for emotional well being. Through treatments such as EMDR and hypnotherapy, it is possible to desensitize the triggering event so its impact is minimized. By putting to rest these past issues, one can begin to experience freedom from fear and anxiety, safety in relationships, and an increased sense of emotional well-being. Life can be enjoyed.
To learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment of PTSD, go to the Mayo Clinic website.
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Depression and Bipolar
Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and a sense of feeling worthless, hopeless, and helpless. In the words of Elizabeth Wurtzel “A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious… it’s impossible to see the end.”