Trauma and PTSD
Trauma Has Many Faces
Trauma, and often resulting PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can occur from a variety of life experiences. Most of us are familiar with trauma and PTSD that are often experienced by Veterans who return from active combat situations. Sometimes it’s harder to recognize that chronic childhood neglect, food insecurity, or abuse are also frequently experienced as traumatic events that can result in symptoms of PTSD. Similarly, bad car accidents, being a victim of an assault, witnessing a distressing event, or even experiencing chronic medical issues and treatments can be experienced as traumatic. As a result of the many faces of trauma, we know these experiences to be very common among the general population.
What Are Symptoms of PTSD?
• Recurrent, unwanted or distressing thoughts and memories of the event
• Upsetting dreams and nightmares about the events
• Reliving the events as if they were happening again (flashbacks)
• Avoiding places or people that remind you of the event
• Negative thoughts about yourself, other people, or the world
• Chronic depression and anxiety, irrational anger, guilt or feeling emotionally “numb”
• Difficulty maintaining close relationships
• Feeling guarded, strong “startle” reflex
• Trouble concentrating
• Feeling hopeless about the future
You Can Heal From Your Trauma:
Right now, every day may feel particularly stressful. If you’re ready to thrive again (or maybe for the first time), trauma treatment can be helpful. You’ll develop a relationship with your therapist and establish safety. You’ll learn coping skills to help you get through the stressors of your day-to-day life. You’ll process traumatic memories and experiences on your terms…when you’re ready to do so. The result will be a greater feeling of peace and wellbeing. You’ll be better able to connect with those around you. You’ll feel less anxious and depressed and be better able to manage stress going forward.
Other Services at Women’s Counseling of Nashua
In addition to counseling for postpartum depression & anxiety, we offer a wide range of mental health services. Our focus is on helping women thrive and be the best version of themselves. Other mental health services at our clinic include counseling for complicated pregnancies & traumatic births, support after miscarriage or a stillbirth, infertility, health & medical issues, parenting, stress management, work-life balance, career counseling & general individual counseling.