PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is characterized by a grouping of symptoms after a terrible, threatening or disastrous event (abuse, severe neglect, domestic violence, witnessing violence, assault, car accident, etc.). People who have experienced a severe emotional upset (separation from family, CSD involvement, marital unfaithfulness / affair) may also experience similar symptoms.
A person with PTSD may experience: - distressing, sometimes intense, memories (flashbacks) - avoidance of reminders (triggers) of the event - a feeling of numbness or living in a fog - difficulty concentrating and / or zoning out (dissociation) - increased sense of fear, anxiety or impending doom - feelings of shame, despair and/or hopelessness - increased irritability and/ or anger outbursts - nightmares and /or trouble sleeping - increased arousal (startle response) and/or hyper-vigilance (alert watchfulness) - the use of ineffective coping skills (alcohol/drug use, isolation, OCD, picking skin, pulling hair, etc.)
If you think you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD, please call. There is help.
Melinda Haynes, MA, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist California lic. no. 102308 Serving Chico, Redding, Paradise, Oroville, Willows, Yuba City, Gridley The persons depicted on this site are models. Photos do not represent or guarantee results.