Most people experience a number differing levels of traumatic events in their lifetime and may have some difficulty coping during these times. But sometimes traumatic events can lead to more chronic and debilitating symptoms . Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (commonly referred to as PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops in some people who have experienced shocking, scary, dangerous or otherwise traumatic events in their lives. Car accidents and combat experience are leading causes of PTSD, but the condition can be caused by a variety of negative experiences and life events.
People living with PTSD experience intense and disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences — long after the disturbing events occurred. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares, and often experience sadness, fear or anger. They may also feel detached or estranged from other people.
PTSD symptoms on the whole are often grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary from person to person, as well as over time. If left untreated, severe PTSD can lead to long-lasting personality changes — which often involve serious individual and social consequences. In the most severe cases, it can lead to chemical dependency, self-harm, and/or suicide.
This all may sound scary and overwhelming, but here at BOLD Health, we want you to know we have extensive experience treating and working with people to overcome PTSD symptoms and suffering. On your path to healing, we hope you turn to us to find a brighter tomorrow.