PTSD and trauma can turn your life into a living hell. We want to help you break the cycle and find a way back to a peaceful life.
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that is a result of an event that was traumatic, terrifying, or life-threatening that you either experienced or witnessed. Though we most often think of soldiers and war veterans as having PTSD, anyone can suffer from this mental health disorder.
It can occur in anyone at any age. It’s estimated that over 3.5% of the U.S. population, or 1 in 11 people, could be diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lifetime. What might surprise some people is that women are more than twice as likely as men to experience PTSD.
How Trauma Can Lead to PTSD
You don’t have to be the victim or have direct experience with a traumatic event to experience long-lasting effects from it. Even indirect exposure can lead to symptoms of PTSD. For example, hearing details of a traumatic event repeatedly can result in PTSD. This is common in first responders or police officers who must report on and have exposure to information related to horrific events.
Personal experience can also lead to PTSD. Sexual assault, violence, a terrible car accident, a natural disaster, emotional abuse, the assault or murder of a friend or loved one – all of these are examples of traumatic events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
What PTSD Feels Like
Not everyone who experiences trauma has issues or lingering effects from it. For those who do, PTSD occurs when the reaction to the trauma continues and leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless. Symptoms can include distressing recollections of the event, avoidance of people and places that you associate with the event or trauma, agitation, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and being quick to anger.
The disorder can result in disturbing thoughts and intense emotions related to the traumatic experience. They often
relive the event either through nightmares or flashbacks or both. It can leave them feeling isolated, detached, and vulnerable. They can avoid people and situations that are reminders of their experience and seemingly normal things, such as a loud noise, a crowded space, or even being touched in a specific way, which can lead to extreme responses.
How New Life 360 Can Help
Living with post-traumatic stress disorder can be exhausting and can lead to issues with your job, your relationships, and your ability to function in everyday situations. If you’re living with intrusive or negative thoughts, are reliving your trauma, and are finding that the disorder is impacting your daily life, our experienced counselors can help.
Through a combination of support groups, one-on-one counseling sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other methods suited to each individual, the team at New Life 360 can help you get your life back on track after experiencing trauma and resulting PTSD.