Find Life Beyond Your Trauma
When most people think of PTSD, they conjure images of someone returning from war. The truth is, PTSD can impact anyone who has experienced trauma of any kind throughout their life. While it’s perfectly natural to feel anxious or afraid after a traumatic event, many individuals recover from their initial reactions to their trauma over time. However, in some cases, this struggle becomes chronic, which can negatively impact your daily life and happiness.
Whether a recent event or an event from the distant past, traumatic and life-threatening events can carry a wide range of psychological, emotional, relational, and health-related consequences for years to come. When left unmanaged trauma shapes many of our challenges in life, including our stress, anxiety, careers, and personal relationships. People who have suffered from trauma may begin to experience symptoms of a condition called Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
If you or a loved one struggles with the effects of PTSD, you don’t have to face this battle alone. With the right tools and solutions, you can develop strong coping skills to conquer your anxiety and move past your trauma to start living your best life – free of excess panic, worry, and fear. At The Juniper Center, our mental health professionals are here to help you through difficult and challenging times.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, sexual violence, physical violence, or serious injury. PTSD is a dysregulation of the stress response that we are all born with (sometimes called the “fight-or-flight” response).
Characteristics of PTSD
- Severe anxiety, distressing feelings, or frightening thoughts
- Insomnia or recurring dreams
- Intrusive thoughts about the event(s)
- Avoiding family, friends, activities, or places
- Outbursts of anger outbursts
- Flashbacks about the event(s)
- Suicidal thoughts
It’s important to note that the symptoms, patterns, and behaviors associated with PTSD range from person to person. Additionally, symptoms can be impacted by gender, culture, family environment, as well as the medical status of the person experiencing PTSD.
How is PTSD Treated?
PTSD therapy is designed to provide individuals with the coping skills they need to manage, mitigate, and move past their traumas. Working together with their therapist, individuals will learn to reduce their physical symptoms, identify their triggers, and learn how to manage the thought patterns causing their anxiety and underlying symptoms.
In addition to counseling services, PTSD symptoms of anxiety are sometimes addressed through teaching skills such as mindfulness, muscle relaxation, EMDR, and breathing exercises. Traumatic events are sometimes processed with specific techniques designed to reduce the psychological and physical response they trigger. Additionally, your therapist may address other concerns related to specific PTSD symptoms, such as behavioral issues or relationship conflict.
Helping You Live Your Best Life
At The Juniper Center, we understand it takes courage to ask for help, and you don’t have to face your fear alone. There is a life beyond your trauma. Using a combination of techniques at the forefront of neurological science and compassionate care, we empower our clients to live their best lives – free of excess worry, panic, and fear. Our team of mental health professionals leverages their extensive experience and training to create individualized treatment plans to help our clients reach their professional, personal, and mental health goals.
What matters to you, matters to us. Contact a member of our team to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey.