Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment (PTSD)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is your mind and body’s response to witnessing or experiencing an event that was horrifying, traumatic, or extremely frightening in some way. The event might be a natural disaster such as a fire, a serious injury from an accident, physical or sexual assault, or the witnessing of the death. Symptoms of PTSD can also develop as a consequence of events that do not involve risk of death or physical injury such as childhood neglect or poverty, living with an abusive partner, divorce or a relationship breakup, death of a loved one, or the discovery that your partner has been unfaithful.
Such events can be so overwhelming that the mind is not able to fully process them at the time they happen and then there is a risk that posttraumatic stress symptoms can develop.
Typical symptoms for PTSD:
- Nightmares about the event
- Flashbacks where you feel as if you are, to some degree, re-experiencing the event
- When a person, place, or anniversary reminds you of the event you can be flooded by symptoms
- You close down emotionally or avoid situations that remind you about the traumatic event
- You may feel guilty because you survived or you might feel unable to connect with others who did not experience the same event
- You are hypervigilant, irritable, easily startled, and have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
- It feels like you are living in a dream and that you or the world are not real anymore
PTSD also leads to other problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and abuse of alcohol or drugs. The consequences of PTSD can be serious and long-lasting if the problem is not treated.
Fortunately, effective treatments have been developed for PTSD symptoms. Our therapists know how to help. We can provide you with effective therapy for PTSD and teach you how to reduce or neutralize the symptoms so you can get your life back. We use therapy techniques based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness, exposure therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you regain control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. We also offer a special program for treating trauma-based Nightmares that has proven to be very effective.