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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


The onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone has experienced an extremely traumatic event, either psychological or physical in nature. Symptoms can include flashbacks or nightmares, feelings of guilt or anger, and can frequently be accompanied by anxiety or depression.

Researchers now know that anyone, even children, can develop PTSD if they have experienced, witnessed, or participated in a traumatic occurrence, especially if the event was life threatening; however, not every traumatized person develops full-blown or even minor PTSD. Symptoms usually begin within three months of the incident but occasionally emerge years afterward.

People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and frequently feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. They may experience sleep problems, feel detached, or be easily startled. Persistent anxiety, difficulty concentrating, nightmares, and insomnia are common. People with PTSD typically avoid situations that remind them of the traumatic event, fearful of experiencing intense distress or panic attacks.

There have been significant ad¬vances in the treatment of PTSD and the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center offers the most up-to-date treatment available. Clients are screened through a series of questionnaires and an interview with the director in order to provide us with the necessary information to plan a complete treatment program. PTSD is treated by individual therapy, which may include the guided recall of relevant memories and the application of Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing (EMDR), an approach that has been found to rapidly reduce fear and other negative feelings stemming from trauma. Those staff members specializing in this work are selected for their ability to provide the high levels of warmth and support necessary, and, of course, are well trained in the technical aspects of treatment.