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WHAT IS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after living through extreme stress, a terrifying or distressing event, or a prolonged traumatic experience.

What kinds of experiences could lead to PTSD?

How do I know if I have PTSD?

Typically, PTSD symptoms come in four categories:

  1. Intrusive memories. This could be flashbacks, which is when your mind re-lives the traumatic event as if it were happening again in real time. Sometimes this means you could have emotional distress or even a physical reaction when you see something that reminds you of the event. You could be having distressing memories that break through your normal day-to-day life, or nightmares about the event.
  2. Avoidance is when you try to avoid thinking about, or talking about the traumatic event. You may even avoid people, places or activities that remind you of it.
  3. Negative changes in thinking and mood could come at any time. You may feel hopeless or emotionally numb. You may have trouble remembering parts of the event, or have difficulty expressing positive emotions. You may feel detached from your loved ones or not be interested in your favorite activities anymore.
  4. Changes in physical and emotional reactions can come in many forms, but here are a few:

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, either for yourself or a loved one, please contact me. Let’s begin the process to heal from the past.

Author
Satu H. Woodland, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Satu H. Woodland, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.  Ms. Woodland with her background in nursing, prefers a holistic and integrative approach to mental health care that addresses the mind and body together. While Ms. Woodland provides medication management services in all her patients, she believes in long-lasting solutions that include a number of psychotherapies, namely cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy, attention to lifestyle, evidenced based alternative psychiatric care and spirituality. If you’d like to gain control over your mental health issues, call Hope Mental Health at 208-918-0958, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an initial consultation.

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