Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a specific type of trauma that emerges after you experience a horrific or terrifying event like personal assault, a terrorist attack, or natural disaster.
PTSD usually develops in the weeks or months following the incident and causes intrusive memories, avoidance behavior, negative thoughts, and increased emotional volatility.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:
- Flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares
- Mood changes
- Increased irritability
- Decreased memory
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Heightened anger
- Being easily startled
- Changes in sleep and appetite
Only around 7-8% of Americans develop PTSD. In most cases, after a traumatic event, you experience trauma symptoms, but they fade with time. PTSD emerges later, and your symptoms intensify with time instead of getting better.
Trauma and PTSD can make the happiest life a little more difficult, but you’re not alone. Don’t live with the tough emotions and thoughts and the ways that they negatively impact you. Instead, Brighter Life Therapy team works on it together with you.
At Brighter Life Therapy, the team is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive counseling solutions that are also convenient. They make it as easy as possible to get started, offering a number of ways to get in touch.