Traumatic experiences may include the following:
- Sexual abuse
- Car accidents
- Natural disasters
- Domestic violence
- Physical abuse
- Witnessing a death
When a person is exposed to a trauma the person may feel intense fear, helplessness, or horror. A trauma survivor who has difficulty working through emotions and thoughts may develop symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and need the assistance of a professional.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder include some of the following symptoms:
Symptoms of Reexperiencing the traumatic event
- Intrusive distressing images, thoughts, or perceptions about the event
- Distressing dreams about the trauma
- Act or feeling as though traumatic events are reoccurring
- Psychological distress and physiological reactivity related to cues that remind person of trauma.
Symptoms of Avoidance of stimuli associated with the event
- Avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with trauma
- Avoid activities, places, or people that remind of trauma
- Inability to recall important aspect of trauma
- Restricted range of affect
- Sense of a foreshortened future
- Feeling detached from others
Symptoms of Increased Arousal
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Exaggerated startle response
If you are suffering with any of the above symptoms related to PTSD or trauma, there are treatment options available to help provide relief for the symptoms and improve your psychological well being.
To set up an initial consultation, Dr. Watson can be reached directly at 404-954-2713 or contact her here.