HOW WE CAN HELP WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
The therapists at RHCC will help a clients with PTSD by:
- Providing Education about PTSD that will bring understanding of how it works in the body and mind.
- Teach relaxation skills to help calm the body when triggered
- Train them to learn and implement cognitive skills to alleviate the negative thoughts that cause fear and anxiety to escalate
- Present alternatives to avoidance and escape behaviors so they can enjoy activities and social functions and life without fear!
Signs & Symptoms
The National Institute of Mental Health explains the signs and symptoms of PTSD.
PTSD can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:
1. Re-experiencing symptoms
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts.
2. Avoidance symptoms
- Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
- Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
- Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.
3. Hyperarousal symptoms
- Being easily startled
- Feeling tense or “on edge”
- Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.
It’s natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks. This is called acute stress disorder, or ASD. When the symptoms last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months.
Do children react differently than adults?
Children and teens can have extreme reactions to trauma, but their symptoms may not be the same as adults. In very young children, these symptoms can include:
- Bedwetting, when they’d learned how to use the toilet before
- Forgetting how or being unable to talk
- Acting out the scary event during playtime
- Being unusually clingy with a parent or other adult.