Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder in which a person is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence in one or more of the following ways:
- Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s)
- Witnessing, in person, the event(s) as it occurred to others
- Learning that the traumatic events occurred to a close family member or close friend (in situations of actual or threatened death of a family member or friend, the events must have been violent or accidental)
- Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event(s), such as adults that continue to experience abuse or witness abuse at home, work, relationally, and socially.
Not every traumatized person develops ongoing (chronic) or short-term (acute) PTSD. Not everyone with PTSD has experienced a dangerous event, nor do they seek post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling. Some experiences, such as the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD. In addition, Cancer or other serious medical conditions may cause PTSD. Symptoms typically begin early, within three months of the traumatic event, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last longer than a month and be severe enough to create difficulties with relationships, work, or school to be considered PTSD. The course of PTSD varies. Some people recover within six months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, PTSD may become chronic.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Counseling & Symptoms
To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must experience all of the following for a minimum of one month: At least one re-experiencing symptom; At least one avoidance symptom; At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms; At least two cognition and mood symptoms. We ask that those who are experiencing the following symptoms to seek post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling.
Re-experiencing symptoms include:
- Flashbacks- reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms such as a racing heart or sweating.
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
- Avoidance symptoms include: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience.
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event.
Arousal and reactivity symptoms include:
- Being easily startled.
- Feeling tense or on edge
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Having angry outburst
Cognition and mood symptoms include:
- Difficulty remembering key features of the traumatic event.
- Negative thoughts about oneself or the world.
- Distorted feelings such as guilt or blame.
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities.
Overall, people who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. Get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling in Scottsdale, AZ today with Empower You Experts. We are an all-inclusive practice and accept people of all ages, genders, & ethnicities.Make an Appointment ›