Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger. While most, but not all traumatized people can experience short-term symptoms, a majority will not develop ongoing chronic PTSD. Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin as they get older. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with their life to be considered PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Nightmaresli>
  • Frightening thoughts
  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience
  • Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event
  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having angry outbursts

Some people recover from these symptoms within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.

If you feel that you have experienced a traumatic event that affects you long after the actual trauma, please feel free to contact us for an appointment, so we may be able to evaluate and treat you appropriately