Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Most people who experience a traumatic event (natural disaster, rape or other personal assault, serious accident, war, etc) will have some period of adjustment to it in which we feel more anxious or stressed. PTSD is a common and serious reaction to said traumatic events and does not tend to resolve on its own. Indicators of PTSD include reexperiencing of the traumatic event (recurrent flashbacks, nightmares), avoidance of situations that trigger memory of the traumatic event, heightened arousal (startle response/hypervigilance, aggressive behavior, insomnia, etc), and negative cognitions and mood (blaming self or others, estrangement from others, etc). People with PTSD can start to have problems at school or work, with relationships, and with other activities of daily life.
Our clinical staff are recognized experts in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) of PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
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