A shocking, scary, or tragic event can lead to PTSD for anyone at any age.

While it’s natural to feel afraid during and after a dangerous situation,
the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be long-lasting.

“About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives.”

The US Department of Veteran Affairs

What is PTSD?

A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop PTSD, many of which are outside of our control. PTSD is not a sign of mental weakness.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often associated with war veterans and survivors but it can result from any number of traumatic events including serious accidents, natural disasters, violent attacks, and/or sexual abuse. It’s important to consider that some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to PTSD.

At Hope for Healing, we understand how challenging PTSD can be. Persistent thoughts and memories of moments of terror and pain can lead to someone feeling emotionally numb, especially towards people they were once close to. Most people with PTSD relive the traumatic event through nightmares and “flashbacks” during the day. These symptoms can go away and reappear unexpectedly days, months, or years later.

How we treat PTSD

80% of individuals with PTSD meet the diagnostic criteria for at least one other mental disorder, making treatment more complex than some mental health disorders.

There are 5 main criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, including: experiencing a traumatic event, “re-living” the event, engaging in avoidance, suffering from these experiences, and an increase in arousal symptoms (i.e. feeling “edgy” all the time).

Our Approach to managing PTSD follows an established structure from intake to planning, then treatment and post-treatment evaluation and support. Our recommendations are always individualized and are adjusted based on response to provided therapies and treatment.

Treatments for PTSD may include CBT, Medication Management, and IV and oral Nutritional supplementation (as needed). If there is an underlying diagnosis of depression as a result of the traumatic event or PTSD we may recommend Ketamine as a treatment option.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a past traumatic event, we’re here to help.

Take the first step and connect.

Even though you didn’t choose PTSD, the choice to find Hope for Healing is yours to take.

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