Post-Trauma

If you or someone you care about is experiencing two or more of these symptoms please call our office at 301.327.1835 to schedule a first appointment.

Symptoms of post-trauma fall into three main categories:

Reliving the event:

  • Flashback episodes
  • Recurring disturbing memories of the event
  • Consistent nightmares of the event

Avoidance

  • Emotional detachment from society
  • Acute memory loss
  • Having a lack of motivation
  • Showing less of your moods
  • Social anxiety
  • Lack of self-assurance

Arousal

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Overreacting to events that startle you
  • Having a of hyper sensitivity of surroundings
  • Experience of mood swings
  • Insomnia

Post-Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event or repeating events such as an accident, violent act, physically abuse, sexual assault, war or even a natural disaster. Immediately following the event a person is likely to experience shock and denial. Longer-term reactions can include but are not limited to impulsive emotions, reliving the traumatic event and strained relationships. A person can have flashbacks of the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time. An individual can at times also experience physical symptoms such as recurring headaches and feelings of nausea.  Having these feelings can be normal at times, however when these feelings cause difficulty moving on with life, professional help may be necessary.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an emotional illness that can develop after exposure to a terrible event or living through a terrifying experience that results in psychological trauma. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.

Warning signs that indicate the need for treatment:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Recurring thoughts from the trauma interfering with everyday life
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Inability to create or maintain relationships
  • Feeling awkward or nervous in social situations

Making an appointment is simple

Call 301.327.1835 to contact us, discuss your needs and schedule an appointment. Our experienced professionals look forward to helping you.