As one person described their experience with PTSD on the official website for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
“For months after the attack, I couldn’t close my eyes without envisioning the face of my attacker. I suffered horrific flashbacks and nightmares. For four years after the attack I was unable to sleep alone in my house. I obsessively check windows, doors, and locks…Soon, I became unable to leave my apartment for weeks at a time…”
According to the American Psychological Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder caused by a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault. Individuals with PTSD may experience intense, disturbing thoughts that take them back to the traumatic event, leaving them with feelings of fear, anger, intense anxiety, sadness, and more. The National Institute of Mental Health notes that a person with PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even if they are no longer in danger.
PTSD can occur for day, months, even years after a traumatic incident. This is typically triggered by something – a taste, touch, smell, sound, or sight that brings us back to the traumatic moment. If you experienced something traumatic many years ago and – what feels random and absurd – you begin to experience symptoms of PTSD such as intense memories or feelings of fear, you are not alone. An estimated 5.2 million people experience PTSD during a given year.
If the symptoms of PTSD are making it difficult for you to manage daily life, you need to seek help. The suffering does not have to continue. You can engage in a treatment program that will support you in building the tools that you need to gain a new perspective on your life and what living means to you. PTSD can be so challenging and can affect literally every aspect of our being. However, the damaging effects to not have to impede on your daily happiness. Make the decision to reach out to someone – there are many people that want to see you safe, happy, and successful.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse and recovery treatment centers. Our licensed, experienced professionals truly care about your success in recovery and will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. Make the decision to seek help today. Call us at 888-316-3665 for a consultation.