Trauma Counseling/PTSD

IMG_2224Have you experienced trauma of any sort?  Very few people actually get through life without confronting traumatizing events, whether persistently, over time as children, as a result of abusive relationships or loss.  Advances in neuroscience have demonstrated that trauma and PTSD are no longer considered a product of a  “battle-field” emotional injury.   It’s now recognized that a huge number of people who have experienced loss, chronic childhood abuse or illness, or any of a long list of traumatizing events, relationships, or losses, are left struggling with acute or chronic forms of PTSD. Because they have discounted, trivialized, or forgotten the damaging events, they suffer with distressing symptoms but are helpless to determine the cause.  If not dealt with, there is little chance that these symptoms will resolve on their own.  It is critical that you seek assistance in moving past it. Untreated psychological disorders like PTSD can wreak havoc on individuals’ and families’ lives. You might choose to speak with a pastor, or another trusted individual with sensitivity to, or some training, in dealing with the symptoms of trauma. The most important thing is to stop living with the distress.

Getting Help in Moving Forward

A counselor may be able to help you move past the distress. Below are some signs of possible trauma, or PTSD.  Following a life-altering event, you may need trauma counseling if you find yourself:

  • Avoiding any potentially stressful situation
  • Avoiding people and places that remind you of the trauma
  • Panicking in social situations you cannot escape
  • Hiding your feelings of anxiety and fear
  • Withdrawing from relationships with loved ones
  • Struggling to fall asleep
  • Reliving the trauma in dreams and flashbacks
  • Suffering in your performance at work
  • Drinking or abusing drugs to mask your problems
  • Avoiding plans for the future
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Feeling like you’re facing everything alone

 

Rather than struggle through this difficult time, consult Dr. Polk for help so that you can move forward with your life. For more information about your options for trauma counseling, a referral, or to set up an appointment, call Dr. Polk today.