Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Trauma
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that can develop when people are exposed to traumatic life events. It is common for most people who have experienced trauma to have difficulties adjusting, but not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD.
Many people who are diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have experienced trauma in their lives, whether in childhood or as adults. Successfully treating BPD requires you to process that trauma and find a way to move past it.
There are multiple treatment programs that can help. Some choose a PSTD residential treatment center and some opt for PTSD day treatment. Our PSTD treatment program for women has proven to be effective over the years. We are here to help guide you to the treatment methodology and program that is right for you.
Symptoms of PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder includes problems persisting more than a month after a trauma, significant interference with daily functioning, and some or all of the following symptoms:
- Reliving the event through nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive memories.
- Avoiding situations, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma.
- Problems with emotions, such as feeling numb, detached, or as though your future will be shortened.
- Feeling keyed up or on edge, including difficulties sleeping, concentrating, or managing anger.
Causes of PTSD
The short answer to “What causes PTSD?” is experiencing an event so traumatic that you relive the horror of it repeatedly. However, not everyone who experiences a trauma develops the disorder.
Studies show some evidence that there are genetic factors associated with developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that a certain imbalance in the brain’s chemistry may make getting over a traumatic event more difficult for those with this imbalance than for others.
Notably, the occurrence of PTSD is not affected by age, but women are twice as likely to develop it as men. In men, the most common traumatic event leading to PTSD is witnessing a death or experiencing or witnessing a severe injury. In women, the most commonly reported trauma leading to PTSD is a sexual assault or rape.
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are best treated with therapies developed specifically for those disorders. Those therapies include techniques for helping you to process your trauma in a more deliberate way so that you don’t get overwhelmed by your painful emotions and memories.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) is particularly effective in treating PTSD and trauma for those who have Borderline Personality Disorder. With Prolonged Exposure Therapy, you will experience repeated exposure to trauma-related thoughts so that you learn to control the distress associated with them.
Our PSTD treatment clinic staff creates a treatment plan for our clients that treats trauma and PTSD using both evidence-based treatments and holistic therapies, such as art therapy, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness exercises.
Though it may not feel like it when you are experiencing the symptoms, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is highly treatable. Studies show that early treatment yields the best results for recovery. The success of treatment also depends on several factors, including quality of treatment, your willingness to be treated, and support from friends and family.
With PTSD and trauma, the rate of co-occurring disorders is very high. Some studies show that up to 80 percent of those with PTSD have another disorder. Successful PTSD treatment requires treatment of any co-occurring disorders, such as Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Why Choose Clearview Women’s Center?
A common thread among those who have gone through traumatic experiences is a pervasive sense of not feeling safe. Clearview Women’s Center offers a secure, intimate setting where you’ll be surrounded by qualified mental health professionals and other women who can offer a different perspective and new understanding of what it is you are going through.
Clearview Women’s Center also uniquely offers Prolonged Exposure Therapy to be able to better treat PTSD and trauma in women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Our therapists have been specially trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy so that they can guide you through processing your trauma.
We have been providing PTSD residential treatment in Los Angeles for years and created a nurturing and effective program for you.
Q: Is treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder all about forgetting the event?
A: No. Quite the opposite, in fact. Prolonged Exposure Therapy will help you deal with the distress you experience when the traumatic event comes to mind. Instead of avoiding thoughts of the traumatic event, you will learn to take away their power to cause you anxiety.
Q: I feel so alone. How come it seems like other people can deal with trauma?
A: You are certainly not alone. Studies show that about 24 million Americans have experienced or will experience trauma at least once during their lifetime. That’s about 8 percent of the population. Unfortunately, many people hide their PTSD symptoms as long as they can for fear of being stigmatized.
Q: Who gets PTSD?
A: Anyone at any age and of any ethnicity can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, studies show that women are about twice as vulnerable to PTSD as men.
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