Do You Need A Ptsd Treatment Program?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that comes about as a result of a significant, stressful life event. Individuals with PTSD feel a profound lack of control in their own life, and are prone to anxiety attacks that make a normal day-to-day existence difficult. PTSD treatment programs help the individual better understand the root causes for their anxiety, and engage in behaviors that help them overcome the problems associated with this insidious disorder.

What events can trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD can be caused by any number of stressful life events, including:

  • Combat experiences during wartime
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Rape
  • Serious car accidents
  • Plane crashes
  • Tornados, hurricanes or other natural disasters
  • Childhood trauma

 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?
There are four primary symptoms associated with Post

1. Traumatic Stress Disorder. Re-experiencing or reliving the traumatic event. Individuals suffering from PTSD can be taken back to the traumatic event in question at any time. These “flashbacks” can be triggered by sounds that remind them of the event or experiences similar to the event.

2. Avoidance. Those with PTSD will work hard to avoid situations that remind them of the traumatic event, or could cause (in their mind) a similar result. For example, an individual who survived a plane crash will not board a plane.

3. Numbness of feelings. Many people are unable to talk about their PTSD, or never share information about the incident that brought the condition about. Isolation from peer groups and lack of social interactions may occur.

4. Hyperarousal. Those with hyperarousal related to PTSD are always on alert, in an irrational attempt to make sure the event does not occur again. These individuals experience sleepless nights, paranoia and other anxiety related symptoms.

PTSD and substance abuse
Numerous studies have found that those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also develop problems with drugs and alcohol. Research on the subject found over one-third of men and one-quarter of women with PTSD also have a substance abuse problem at some point during their life. There are several theories as to why this occurs, but the chief two among them are:

Common high-risk behaviors
This theory states that those who engage in high-risk activities such as heavy alcohol consumption or drug use are likely to be in situations that could bring about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Self-medication
This widely held theory states that those individuals who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will use drugs or alcohol to escape the negative symptoms associated with the disorder. This type of self-medication is very dangerous, and when it goes unchecked, could lead to full-on dependence on the illicit substances.

Moonview Sanctuary provides hope for those individuals who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through counseling and treatment that focuses on holistic healing, coping and understanding, Moonview helps the individual achieve victory over the anxiety that plagues them as a result of PTSD. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Overcoming Personal Crisis program.

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