What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a type of anxiety disorder that causes severe psychological suffering. People suffering PTSD often feel emotionally numb and suffer debilitating and frequent thoughts, memories, or flashbacks of the event that traumatized them, which can lead them to be emotionally and/or physically unstable.

How does post-traumatic stress disorder happen?

PTSD often occurs after a terrible physical or emotional event, such as military combat, a serious car accident, violent personal attacks, and childhood abuse.

What are common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of PTSD can be grouped into three categories:

  • Re-experiencing symptoms (e.g., flashbacks)
  • Avoidance symptoms (e.g., staying away from places, events, or objects that serve as reminders of the event)
  • Hyper-arousal symptoms (e.g., feeling “on edge”)

What is the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder?

Treatment for PTSD depends on the unique situation of the patient. Mind Life Matters offers a number of treatment options for PTSD. If you feel you may be suffering from PTSD, we encourage you to request a consultation by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call us at (336) 791-2311.