A trauma is an event that overwhelms the human system’s natural ability to cope. Many people who experience traumatic events have difficulty coping initially, but gradually return to normal.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) affects an individual who has been overwhelmed by a traumatic event, and experiences symptoms that do not subside. Symptoms may worsen or last for months or years. PTSD can be characterized by intense emotions, by feelings that one is re-experiencing the traumatic event, and by avoidance of any situation reminiscent of the event.
Symptoms of PTSD can come and go, with memories sometimes resurfacing years after the trauma. Some PTSD is accompanied by depression or intense anxiety.
Psychotherapy is effective in helping address traumatic memories in ways that decrease their power to injure, soften their impact and allow normal life to reassert itself. If you have concerns about PTSD, please call me at (619) 295-7094 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I can help you.