Trauma & Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a shocking or dangerous event such as an assault, a natural disaster, a serious accident, etc. Individuals with PTSD often relive traumatic events through flashbacks or nightmares and experience changes in physical and/or emotional reactions. Symptoms may include being easily startled or frightened, trouble concentrating, overwhelming guilt or shame, feelings of helplessness or sadness, anger outbursts, etc. It is advised to see a professional if the debilitating thoughts and feelings persist for more than a month after the traumatic experience. 

Traumatic memories sit in the brain like shadow and
resurface at times with unbearable distress.

Unresolved trauma can significantly affect the quality of one’s life

More than 70% of patients with borderline personality and emotion dysregulation disorders who receive DBT treatment suffer from PTSD. The intrusive memories and arousal and reactivity symptoms of PTSD may lead to a wide range of emotion dysregulation disorders. DBT skills helps clients to apply the skills by themselves and alleviate the symptoms. 

The following are the main symptoms of PTSD: 

 

– Intrusive memories: reliving trauma, for example, through flashbacks or nightmares eliciting significant distress 

– Avoidance: trying to avoid places, events, or objects that are reminders of a traumatic experience 

– Arousal and reactivity: feeling tense or “on edge,” having difficulty sleeping or concentrating, being easily startled or frightened, etc. 

 

Please contact us if you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms above.