Anxiety disorders like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to help you overcome the trauma in your past to reach a brighter future.
Everybody goes through events that are scary or stressful. People may need some time to process and cope with traumatic events, but in many situations, the negative emotions they experience begin to subside over time with patience, self-care, and support. Unfortunately, coping with trauma is not always an easy process.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a frightening, dangerous, or otherwise traumatic event. For people with PTSD, the fear and stress caused by a traumatic event can last weeks, months, or even years and interfere with their ability to go about their daily life.
Experiencing trauma is not rare -- it is estimated that 6 in 10 men and 5 in 10 women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.
Not every person who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. That being said, PTSD is still a common disorder, affecting 15 million adults every year.
If you believe that you or someone you care about might be experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, you are not alone. Keep reading to learn more about:
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact emergency services or reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s free, confidential, 24/7 national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for immediate assistance.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is categorized as an anxiety disorder. Like other anxiety disorders, people with PTSD have an intense or overwhelming reaction to an event or situation that causes them extreme distress and can interfere with their ability to function.
People who are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can have a variety of symptoms. Mental health professionals categorize the symptoms of PTSD into four distinct types:
To be considered for a diagnosis of PTSD, a person must be experiencing 1-2 of each of these types of symptoms for 1 month or more.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often associated with veterans who have seen combat, but PTSD can affect any man, woman, or child who experiences a traumatic event. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, but anyone who experiences trauma can develop PTSD.
There are several risk factors that contribute to the likelihood a person will develop PTSD after going through trauma:
Women are more likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than men. Research suggests that 8% of women and 4% of men will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is unique from other anxiety disorders because it develops as a direct response to an initial traumatic event. Any experience that is traumatic to an individual can trigger PTSD.
Traumatic events that trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can include:
Women are more likely to suffer from PTSD as a result of sexual violence, such as sexual assault or child sexual violence.
Men are more likely to suffer from PTSD as a result of accidents, physical assault, combat, or witnessing violent death or injury.
Trauma is complex, and every person responds to it differently. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options that can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD.
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder might include:
At Transformations Care Network, we are dedicated to helping people in our communities access life-changing mental health care. If you believe that you are experiencing an anxiety disorder like PTSD, contact us today to learn what our compassionate care providers can do for you.