When a person goes through a specifically shocking or traumatic event it can leave behind an emotion scar much like that of being physically hurt. These scars are called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This disorder can come from several events such as a car accident, abuse and neglect, exposure to violence, or a natural disaster and most people experience something traumatic at least once in their lives. Yet, there is an option for those with PTSD in the form of trauma therapy, and Ben Wolf is an experienced therapist who can help.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress is a psychological reaction to a severely stressful or physically threatening event which results in anxiety, hyper vigilance, depression, suicidal thoughts, and flashbacks. Those with PTSD may experience fear or anxiety even when there is no danger present. Of the 3.5% of the population that will experience PTSD at some point in their life, almost 40% of them will be classified as having server PTSD.
There can be a lot of different ways that PTSD symptoms may present themselves such as:
- Avoidance – staying away from specific areas, sights, and situations that remind you of the event.
- Re-experiencing – flashbacks and nightmares about the event.
- Hyper arousal – anger, aggression, irritability, and self-harm.
- Negative cognition – changing habits and behaviors after the event, difficulty remembering the event, and loss of enjoying activities that once brought you joy.
Trauma Therapy St. Paul MN
Therapy is the most effective treatment for those struggling with post-traumatic stress. Experienced therapists can help you make sense of your experiences and feelings and help you develop safe, long term coping skills. Unresolved trauma is the most common reason that someone seeks therapy or counseling.
We can help treat your PTSD by:
- Reducing your symptoms through improving emotional regulation, increasing distress tolerance, cognitive reconstruction, and behavioral changes.
- Reviewing the traumatic memories through exposure either through flooding or desensitization until you build up a tolerance to the event and reprocessing.
- Apply new skills and adaptive understanding to move on from their trauma experience, or setting up a support system and an ongoing care plan for those who may need more treatment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is hard to live with, and can be treatable so you can start living your life without fear and anxiety again. If you live in the St. Paul, MN area and have any questions about PTSD and trauma therapy, or would like to set up an appointment, please feel free to contact our office!