PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health disorder caused by a traumatic event. Many people think that PTSD counseling for veterans is the only type of PTSD counseling available. However, even though it is most commonly associated with military personnel and first responders, trauma comes in many forms and can happen to anyone. If you find that symptoms are lasting longer than they should and are interfering with your daily life functions, you may need PTSD counseling.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of PTSD can start anywhere from a few days to years after a traumatic event. PTSD impacts all parts of life. For some it leads to issues in relationships or social situations. For others, it impedes their ability to complete normal life tasks. Examples of these symptoms include the following:
- Avoiding people or places that remind you of the event
- Being startled easily
- Angry outbursts
- Inability to remember specifics of the event
- Loss of interest in activities you once found enjoyable
These symptoms fluctuate in severity and reaction. For example, if a car backfires, it could be a trigger if you were in combat. On the other hand, if you were a victim of sexual assault, a TV show depicting that scenario may very well cause you to be overcome with memories of your own experience. Depression, substance abuse, and excessive risk-taking are also behaviors that are very often found in those suffering with PTSD symptoms. There is hope, PTSD counseling can help.
When to Seek Treatment
If your symptoms are interfering with day-to-day activities, lasting longer than a month, or you’re struggling with getting your life back under control, it’s time to seek treatment. Starting PTSD treatment sooner, rather than later, can help keep your symptoms from getting worse. If you are having suicidal thoughts, reach out to a loved one, a suicide helpline or a minister right away. If you think you might act on suicidal thoughts, call 911 and get help immediately.
We offer PTSD counseling for veterans and anyone else who experienced a traumatic event. Take control of your PTSD symptoms by scheduling an appointment with one of our experienced therapists today. Working with a counselor can help prevent your symptoms from getting worse and help you take back control of your life. Call us today at (205) 807-5372 or contact us here.