What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

Individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and cannot stop thinking about this event may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The expression of symptoms varies from individual to individual.  The traumatic event may be a situation where one's life was threatened or one was seriously injured. The event may also be witnessing someone dying or being injured.  Often experiences that occur in combat can be traumatic.  Indivduals who have been raped or experienced other sexual violence more than likely experience symptoms of PTSD.  

 

Someone diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may experience intrusive symptoms such as replaying distressing events, repeated nightmares, or have flashbacks, where it feels like the event is happening again. They often avoid activities and people that may remind them of the event.  They also place energy into avoiding the distressing memories, thoughts and feelings about the event.  It is not unusual for someone to reach out to alcohol or other behaviors that numb one's feelings, so substance abuse or dependency may be an additional diagnosis. Individuals who have been diagnosed with an Eating Disorder may also have a PTSD Diagnosis.

 

Symptoms that affect one's thoughts and feelings occur after this traumatic event or events. Individuals struggling with PTSD may experience negative cognitions or thoughts, such as "I am bad," "No one can be trusted," or "The world is a dangerous place." They may not be able to experience joy or personal satisfaction with their life.  They may feel shame and guilt over the traumatic event.  Many individuals who have been diagnosed with this disorder are hypervigilent and have an exaggerated startle response.  

 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) has been used to help individuals move from living their lives as a victim to becoming a survivor.  This approach was first used for trauma but has also been applied for other emotional issues.  EMDR offers a solution for individuals who do not want to tell their whole story about the incident.  They are simply required to let the therapist know if their level of distress is lessening during the procedure.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss receiving this style of counseling, call me at (251) 366-1710 or email me at amyshanes@yahoo.com.  I am located in Theodore Alabama. My office is 2 miles off  I-10 West exit 17-A.  I service the Mobile, AL, Spanish Fort, AL, Loxley, AL and the Daphne, AL Areas. 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EDMR)

     I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) in the state of Alabama, incuding Theodore, AL Mobile, AL, Spanish Fort, AL, Loxley AL and Daphne AL.  Your first session will be an intake interview and we will determine if you are a candidate for this intervention.  Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. developed EMDR in 1990.  She explained that when someone experiences severe trauma, he or she may not be able to process this information in a healthy manner, and instead, stores this traumatic information without it being processed.  Individuals who have not been able to process disturbing information may suffer from symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Using eye movements triggers the physiological state that allows one to process this traumatic information.  

 

http://psychcentral.com/lib/using-emdr-therapy-to-heal-your-past-interview-with-creator-francine-shapiro/?all=1

 

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