Post Traumatic Stress

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers. People with PTSD may startle easily, become emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom they used to be close), lose interest in things they used to enjoy, have trouble feeling affectionate, be irritable, become more aggressive, or even become violent. They avoid situations that remind them of the original incident, and anniversaries of the incident are often very difficult.

People who experience post traumatic stress may benefit by:

  • feeling dramatically less anxious
  • having an increased sense of well-being
  • feeling more comfortable and relaxed
  • having the ability to put memories aside as sad, but no longer terrifying or threatening
  • being able to normalize your social and individual life and go about the business of living without the fear, anxiety and depression which may have previously been a constant companion