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- Adverse child events
- Alcohol or drug user
- Family member imprisoned
- Mental illness in family
- Sibling treated violently
- Absent parent
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Lack of affection in caretakers
Depression and anxiety may accompany this disorder, as well as irritability, rage, and guilt. It is not unusual for individuals to actively seek to blunt the intensity of the trauma-related feelings and to develop a secondary substance-abuse issue. (90% of public mental health clients have been exposed to trauma, 89% of women with substance abuse have a history of sexual violence.) Without treatment that allows a person to work through and integrate the experience, avoidance tends to grow, increasingly constricting the person’s life. Exposure-based therapies are recommended to allow the person to master the traumatic experience and reduce the associated anxiety, depression, and other debilitating symptoms.
PTSD can occur when a person experiences an overwhelming event that is greater than they are capable of processing at the time. It is often a sudden or destructive onslaught such that the person is overwhelmed and cannot make meaning or sense of what is happening or why.
War trauma is the classic example of a potentially overwhelming stressor but only a small number of individuals may experience PTSD. It is now well documented that childhood events such as sexual and physical abuse as well as neglect can have long-term devastation consequences, and maybe one factor which predisposes PTSD in response to a severe adult stressor such as war.
The textbook symptoms of PTSD include reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event, negative beliefs about oneself, and feeling hypervigilant and overly alert for danger. The good news is that PTSD can be treated effectively. Newer therapies allow for exposure to the fear with a reprocessing of the information in a non-revictimizing away. These are called evidence-based treatment because research has demonstrated effective relief of PTSD symptoms. Such techniques require specialized training.
Therapists at Harmony Place Monterey have worked with thousands of clients with PTSD and are skilled in a variety of targeted therapies.
Contact us for a confidential consultation. We welcome your questions and inquiries. Let us assist you in taking whatever necessary next steps are available to you as well as to your partner, family member, or loved one.