Life provides a wide range of troubling challenges. When a person is experiences a traumatic event that involves a threat to self or others, it is normal to go through a healing and grieving process. Traumatic events can occur in all aspects of life, such as: auto accidents, witnessing a traumatic event, unexpected death of a loved one, combat trauma, and natural disasters. This includes being abused physically, sexually, emotionally, and intellectually.
People who have been exposed to traumatic events may develop problematic feelings, memories, and behaviors. This may occur a week, months, or years after the event. This pattern is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When a person recognizes this pattern, it can be the first step toward recovery and finding appropriate treatment. Depression and anxiety may result after being traumatized. Some people may start to use alcohol and illegal drugs to cover the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD are:
A person may have all of the above symptoms or some of them. It is possible to gain relief from these symptoms and to reclaim your life. Flashbacks, nightmares, and vigilance maybe reduced or eliminated.
Source for the symptoms of PTSD is theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual-Fourth Edition, APA 1994
For a consultation and to start the healing process, Call 224-577-5308 or text 224-577-5308 for an appointment. Dr. Lawrence Todryk is a licensed psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology and a certificate in substance abuse counseling from Adler School of Professional Psychology. He is in private practice at Grayslake Counseling Center, Integrative Psychological Services, Inc.