Treating PTSD through Psychotherapy
We help residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania to address their PTSD. We can also help assess and formally diagnose PTSD with a formal PTSD Assessment. Learn more about the triggers of PTSD and what PTSD feels like.
Triggers for PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a shocking, dangerous, or frightening event – either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers immediate changes in the body to help defend itself against danger, and this “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction. Most people will recover from these initial symptoms on their own, but if you continue to feel frightened or stressed, even when not in danger, you may be diagnosed with PTSD.
Not everyone with PTSD has personally been through a dangerous event. Some people develop it after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm, or has a sudden, unexpected death.
What Do the Symptoms of PTSD Look Like?
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, or not appear until years afterward. The symptoms cause significant problems in social and work situations and relationships, and can interfere with your daily life.
PTSD symptoms are grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.
Intrusive memories, or re-experiencing, can look like:
Avoidance, or numbness, can look like:
Negative changes in thinking and mood can look like:
Changes in physical and emotional reactions can look like:
What to do if you think you or someone you love has PTSD
PTSD can leave you feeling stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories. But treatment can help you learn coping skills and recognize symptoms to prevent and reduce your anxiety and fear.
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We are licensed to practice psychotherapy in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
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