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What is PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, afflicts over 5 million Americans. It is a psychiatric disorder in which a person has experienced or witnessed a tragic event and faces difficulty in recovering. PTSD treatment can include medication and therapy and can last an indeterminant amount of time. Although typically associated with war veterans, PTSD can occur after any calamitous event and be triggered by anything. Some causes of PTSD can include:

  • Rape or Sexual abuse
  • Physical or emotional abuse or harm
  • Violent crimes
  • Crashes
  • Cataclysmic storms
  • War
  • Infidelity
  • Any life-threatening event

PTSD Symptoms and Duration

Symptoms of PTSD are often triggered rather than exhibit continuously and vary from person to person. However, as it is different between each person who is diagnosed with PTSD, it is important to first understand what caused the disorder and move forward with treatment from there. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Avoidance of people or situations
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Fight or flight response

The onset of PTSD is as varied as the causes. It can start as soon as the event happens but usually occurs approximately 3-months after. In some cases, PTSD does not show up until years later, but again, understanding the cause is the best way to set forth a treatment path. PTSD has no duration date, and people can suffer from it for years.

Treatment for PTSD

Treatment for PTSD usually has a trauma-focused psychotherapy approach with medication to manage severe symptoms. The counselors and therapists with the Family Counseling Center in Salt Lake can help create a viable treatment path for identifying, managing and combating PTSD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Written narrative Exposure are some therapies and skill building processes that can be used to treat and overcome PTSD and its symptoms.

Family Counseling Center Can Treat Your PTSD

If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD and need help, or if you think you might have PTSD please call (801) 261-3500 now. There is no need to continue alone when there is professional help so close to home in Salt Lake with the Family Counseling Center. Our thoroughly trained counselors and licensed therapists can help treat your post-traumatic stress disorder.