Feel trapped in overdrive – on edge, irritable, ready to snap?
Do you experience poor concentration or confusion, or feel easily overwhelmed?
Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?
Do you avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event?
Are you suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression?
You should know you are not alone.
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is perhaps more common than you think. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering.
This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of traumatic experience. Trauma can have short and long-term consequences in your ability to function. There is a broad range of reactions trauma can bring, from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. While the signs and symptoms following traumatic experiences can feel complex and, at times, overwhelming, it is possible to improve your quality of life.
So if these sound like you…
– I struggle with anxiety or depression
– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images,
and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks
– I am hyper vigilant or easily frightened
– I feel edgy or irritable often
– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life
– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma
– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life
…Then trauma-informed interventions may be the ideal category of therapeutic approaches for you. Trauma-focused therapies combine compassion with evidence-based therapeutic methods to help clients better manage their symptoms. At the Good Life Center for Mental Health, we provide a safe and supportive environment conducive to learning how to handle triggers and decrease avoidance behaviors that keep traumatic events alive.
If you would to take your next steps down the road of recovery, please contact us.