Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can occur after any major, traumatizing event. For example, some soldiers develop PTSD after witnessing war. Other people develop this disorder after becoming a victim of a crime or from sustaining mental, physical, or psychological abuse from someone they love.
If left untreated, PTSD can present itself via a variety of behavioral issues. You may find that you act more impulsively or that you’re more aggressive. You might also feel like your anxiety is through the roof, or you might not feel anything at all.
Treating PTSD involves not only addressing the original cause of the psychological injury, but also the resulting effects. These include constantly reliving the event, flashbacks, nightmares, and insomnia. It also means addressing social withdrawal issues and negative thinking patterns and moods.
Some of the common symptoms of PTSD include:
At Tapestry Therapy in Lynnwood, Everett, Seattle and the rest of Washington, we're here to help you work through your trauma to find healing and get on the path to recovery. Call our office today for more information.