An estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. (American Psychiatric Association)
When symptoms from an exposure to a traumatic event that persists months and sometimes even years occur, those affected may find themselves with a diagnosis of PTSD.
Most commonly associated events associated with PTSD are:
However, PTSD diagnoses are becoming more common as it is more widely accepted that traumas cover vast types of events and experiences, and the symptoms of such. These can a PTSD diagnosis from:
And Much More.
Many clients attending our program at The Bridge to Recovery struggle with chronic symptoms of their unresolved trauma, often detrimentally, and sometimes having received a diagnosis of PTSD.
When trauma occurs, symptoms can last hours, days, weeks, and even years. Symptoms occurring in the days and weeks following a trauma are more characteristic of Acute Stress Disorder, but those lasting longer could be indicative of PTSD.
When we find ourselves in those early weeks (sometimes even early months) following the trauma, it can be difficult to dial in to the type of work we do at The Bridge to Recovery because the event itself is still very acute. Because we work on healing the whole person – from childhood through adulthood – clients attending our program find their experience most successful when they can work from this “whole self” approach, and not a single, recently occurring event.
With that said, trauma symptoms that resulted in Acute Stress Disorder which transition into PTSD are incredibly detrimental and need to be addressed. By understanding how that transition occurs is often directly impacted by other details, events, and parts of our lives, we can understand that healing our “whole self” will also improve the symptoms that came with the more recent trauma.
If you have been diagnosed with PTSD or suspect you have PTSD, and are ready to dive into this idea of “whole self” healing, as opposed to only focusing on the recent trauma event itself, our program could be a great fit for you and we invite you to reach out to our team.
Regardless of diagnosis, unresolved trauma will lead and coincide with many negative response and behavior patterns, such as:
And MANY More.
There is hope for healing. We have been helping individuals heal for five decades, and will continue to be a resource to those in need for decades to come.
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