Saint Paul PTSD Therapy

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, often referred to simply as PTSD, is a disorder that develops after people experience an even or interaction they perceive as traumatic. No one handles trauma the same way, and it shows great courage to seek help to understand, confront, and overcome trauma. This is a serious disorder that requires planned and systematic treatment to restore your health. While most people associate PTSD with service in the armed forces, anyone can struggle with this disorder. Those who work in high danger fields like law enforcement or firefighting are also at significantly higher risk for this disorder. Survivors of or witnesses to violent behaviors like sexual abuse, abusive relationships, or childhood abuse also struggle with anxiety frequently. Whatever the cause or inciting incident, I can help you work through your PTSD and lead a happier life. If you want to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact Venture Therapy to schedule a session with me.

Do I Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

During and after a traumatic event, the body is designed to protect itself through fight or flight. People struggling with PTSD may continue to struggle with the urge to fight or flight well beyond the initial traumatic event. There are four types of symptoms experienced by PTSD sufferers – reexperience “flashbacks”, avoidance, reactivity, and changes in mood or cognition. Consider seeking help to overcome the effects of PTSD if you are experiencing any of the following responses to a traumatic event:

  • Reexperience

    • Flashbacks

    • Nightmares

    • Frightening thoughts

    • Worst case scenario thinking

  • Avoidance

    • Staying away from certain places, people, or other triggers

    • Not addressing negative thoughts related to the event

    • Denying continued emotional, physical, and mental responses to trauma

  • Reactivity

    • Easily startled

    • Tense and on edge

    • Difficulty sleeping

    • Outbursts

    • Numbness

    • Over or underreaction

  • Cognitive & Mood Changes

    • Struggling to remember details of the event

    • Negative thinking about yourself, others, or the world and life in general

    • Misplaced feelings of guilt or blame

    • Loss of interest in activities

    • Isolation from family and friends

What Can I Expect from Therapy for PTSD?

Therapy can help you work through PTSD and regain your fulfilling life. Symptoms of PTSD can adversely impact your work life, home life, and ability to do the simplest daily tasks. When we work together to create a plan for confronting anxieties, you can expect to live a safe, healthy, satisfying lifestyle.