Post Traumatic Stress- Stress- Treatment-Therapy
Everyone is exposed to various stressful situations from time to time. However extreme, severe and/ or life threatening stressors is considered to be “traumatic stress”. They effects of traumatic stress can be extreme and on going. It can produce a host of serious psychological scars and symptoms that can come about days, weeks or even months after the occurrence of the original incident.
Examples of serious trauma include natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, and flood, landslides, and avalanches. Accidents like fires, lightening strikes, and explosions, car accidents, plane crashes. Victims of violent crimes, physical assaults, shootings, knifings,armed robberies and rapes. The common denominator is the fear of eminent or severe danger/ death or exposure to these events where you view it happening to others such as survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.
Post traumatic stress is also common in those who have been exposed to viewing horrific incidents like first responders to emergencies, soldiers in a war zone etc.
While not everyone who is exposed to traumatic events develops trauma , many do. A percentage of those who do develop traumatic symptoms recover from them over time while others suffer with them for years. These symptoms include nightmares, reliving the traumatic experiencing, panic attacks, and re-occurring memories of the event. The symptoms are easily triggered and cannot be voluntarily controlled or easily distracted. The clinical diagnosis for this condition is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
Trauma destroys many people’s lives. They are never the same.
Traditional counseling and medications do not cure PTSD. Some of the strongest, toughest and bravest men Soldiers from the World War II still suffer serious symptoms of post traumatic stress more than 70 years later in spite of the passage of time receiving counseling and medication.
While time does not cure all wounds and traditional supportive counseling and medications are only marginally helpful there is growing evidence that several psychological treatments are effective treatments for post traumatic stress. These methods include cognitive behavior therapy, hypnosis and EMDR.
Overcoming post traumatic stress requires your commitment to work hard both in and out of the therapy session during the course of treatment which will last 3-6 months and sometimes longer. You will learn powerful methods to change the way you think and feel.
If you are serious and committed to wanting to get better you are invited to contact Dr. Heller for an initial consultation to discuss your situation and learn more about possible treatment approaches that are right for you.
Dr. Robert Heller has worked with victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, car accidents, train crashes and shootings. He is one of a handful of psychologists trained and experienced in the combined uses of cognitive behavior therapy, hypnosis and EMDR.
If you or someone you know has been suffering with traumatic stress, call Dr. Heller now for an initial consultation to learn more about these powerful treatment methods and which one might be best for you. Call 561 451-2731.