PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects individuals who have gone through a wide range of shocking experiences --- from dangerous events to a sudden death of a loved one.
The signs and symptoms of PTSD can include, but are not limited to:
- "Re-experiencing symptoms": include flashbacks and bad dreams
- "Avoidance symptoms": staying away from places or events that may bring up memories of the traumatic experience; avoiding thoughts/feelings surrounding the event
- "Arousal and reactivity symptoms": startling easily; being "on edge"; anger; sleep problems
- "Cognition and mood symptoms": difficulty remembering aspects of the traumatic event; pessimistic thoughts about oneself and/or the world; distorted feelings; loss of interest in activities
How can PTSD be treated?
- Medications --- antidepressants, which can control feelings of sadness, worry, anger, and/or feeling numb
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be helpful, and this can include:
- Exposure therapy --- exposing a client gradually to the trauma they experiencing (safely); can include imagining, writing, or visiting the place where the event occurred
- Cognitive restructuring --- attempt to understand the bad memories
Here at Madrigal, we are committed to addressing depression-presenting symptoms in a holistic manner.
*This information was adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health. Click this link for more information.*