Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Some individuals are exposed to or witness death, a life-threatening experience, or other traumatizing event. A traumatizing event is any event that results in emotionally disturbing experience or injury. These individuals may experience more severe symptoms of stress such as recurrent memories, troubling dreams, dissociation, atypical negative mood, depressed mood, lack of appetite, or intense distress. Individuals who fall into this category may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)- an intense reaction continuing after a traumatic event, lasting longer than a month since the event occurred.

In order for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder to be warranted, the individual MUST have experienced a traumatic event or be directly tied to the traumatic event of a close loved one. Some examples of such may be:

    • The death of a loved one
    • A near-death experience
    • Witnessing someone else’s near death experience
    • Combat
    • Natural disaster
    • Major car wreck
    • Divorce
    • Sexual Violence
    • Parental abandonment
    • Abuse
    • Prison stay

Adults with acute stress disorder may have difficulty with work responsibilities, relationships, time management, emotional regulation, and personal responsibilities. A person with post-traumatic stress disorder may find themselves hypervigilant or “on edge” as well as having sleep and eating disturbances. Children with PTSD may have emotional outbursts, behavioral issues, trouble focusing at school, and detached relationships to peers or overly attached relationships to caregivers. Other Symptoms of PTSD may include:

    • Recurrent, involuntary memories
    • Flashbacks
    • Distressing dreams
    • Dissociation (feeling separated from yourself or others)
    • Distress with reminded of site or related items regarding traumatic event
    • Avoidance
    • Distorted memory or cognitions
    • Exaggerated startle response
    • Reckless or self-destructive behavior

Presentation of PTSD can vary depending on the individual. The lifetime risk for PTSD by age 75 is about 9% (APA, 2013). At Serin Center we utilize EMDR therapy as an effective modality for treating trauma.

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

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