Counseling for PTSD in Grand Rapids
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be diagnosed when an individual experiences a type of traumatic event that now effects their daily life. The event may be an exposure to threatened or actual death, sexual violence, or serious injury. Also, the traumatic event does not necessarily have to happen directly to the person diagnosed with PTSD; the individual can be a witness of the event happening to someone else or they may simply hear about the event happening to a loved one.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In order for an individual to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they must have symptoms for at least one month that cause impaired functioning or significant distress. The symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may vary somewhat depending on the individual’s age. Below is a list of symptoms that indicate an individual could be suffering from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Symptoms for adults, adolescents, and children older than six:
- The individual must either avoid distressing memories, feelings or thoughts that are associated with the event or avoid reminders of the event that generate those memories, feelings, or thoughts.
- Intrusive symptoms such as recurring distressing memories of the event, intense psychological stress when they are reminded of the event, or reactions where the person feels as if the event is happening to them all over again.
- Experiencing changes in their reactivity or arousal associated to the event such as destructive behaviors, irritable behavior , or sleep disturbance.
- Negative changes in their cognition or mood in association with the event.
Symptoms for children six years old and younger:
- Either persistent avoidance of stimuli to the event or negative changes in mood and thoughts related to the event.
- Intrusive symptoms such as repetitive play related to the event or dissociative reactions where the child reacts or feels as if the event is happing again and may be seen in their play.
- At least two alterations in reactivity or arousal associated to the event such as angry outbursts, impaired concentration, or exaggerated startle response.
Treatments & Counseling for PTSD
If you have experienced a traumatic event and believe you are suffering from the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in any of the ways listed above, then seeking counseling for PTSD can be extremely beneficial for you. At Sollars & Associates in Grand Rapids, we have therapists who are trained to provide counseling for PTSD and offer several different approaches to helping individuals with overcoming the negative effects that exposure to a traumatic event has affected them. For example, one of the approaches commonly used for PTSD therapy is comprehensive cognitive-behavioral intervention. This is a treatment that has been proven very effective for treating individuals with Post traumatic Stress Disorder because it uses exposure, anxiety management, cognitive restructuring, and other similar techniques to help individuals overcome their symptoms and become more resilient. The experience of a traumatic event can be life changing and have a magnitude of negative effects on an individual and their daily lives. While in some instances individuals are able to overcome the effects of the traumatic event on their own, there are many times where the individual is still living in distress from the event months after it has occurred. It is important that individuals know they can find the support and therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they need at Sollars and Associates in Grand Rapids to stop living their life with fear and anxiety related to the event.
Counseling for PTSD in Grand Rapids
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