Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Mental health therapy has a range of benefits for you if you have had experienced trauma from what is considered big “T” and little “t” trauma. When working on trauma, it will be done at a pace that is best for you so you do not feel like you are diving into the deep end before learning to swim.
Here are some of the benefits of therapy:
Increased self-awareness: Therapy will help you gain insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and identify patterns related to your trauma. This increased self-awareness will help you better understand your own experiences and develop healthier coping strategies.
Improved mental health: Trauma can have a significant impact on mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Therapy helps you manage symptoms of these conditions and improve your overall mental health.
Reduced stress: Trauma can cause significant stress in your day-to-day life. Therapy will help you learn to manage stress and develop relaxation techniques to reduce the impact of stress on your life.
Improved relationships: Trauma affects your ability to form and maintain healthy relationships with others, even with yourself. Therapy will help you develop stronger communication and relationship skills, improving your ability to connect with others and yourself.
Increased resilience: Through therapy, you will learn to develop resilience and coping skills to manage future stressors and traumas better. This helps you become more resilient in the face of adversity and improve your overall well-being.
Overall, mental health therapy and trauma therapy is a valuable tool in helping individuals heal and recover from traumatic experiences, and improve their overall quality of life.
Some common symptoms of PTSD include:
Intrusive memories: This can include recurrent and distressing memories of the traumatic event, flashbacks, nightmares, or feelings of distress when reminded of the trauma.
Avoidance: This can include avoiding people, places, or things that remind the person of the trauma, or avoiding talking about the traumatic event.
Hyper-arousal: This can include being easily startled, feeling tense or on edge, having difficulty sleeping, or experiencing anger or irritability.
Negative thoughts and mood: This can include feeling detached, numb, or hopeless, having a negative outlook on the world, or experiencing feelings of guilt, shame, or self-blame.
These symptoms can interfere with daily activities and can make it difficult for you to function in your everyday life. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD.
Note: Symptoms and descriptions are listed to help you connect with the mental health services that work for you, for instance, this is listed as this is an area that Better Minds Counseling & Services serves and specializes in. This is not meant for self-diagnosing.