healing

after trauma

what is trauma and PTSD?

You have not been sleeping well ever since something happened. Most nights you lie down, completely exhausted, only to find that you cannot fall asleep, as your mind continues to replay the event. You also don’t feel quite yourself, almost like you are “living in a dream”. You find yourself more annoyed with other people, and feel increasingly anxious or on edge when around them. You want to be left alone because you think no one can really understand how you feel. You may be experiencing flashbacks of the event during the day, leaving you feeling a bit disoriented, unable to focus on your daily tasks, and unable to engage in your personal relationships fully, the way you once did.

 

At times you may even find yourself more aggressive towards those you love, or random strangers. When you are awake, you may feel like you are always “looking over your shoulder” or just waiting for the next “bad thing” to happen.  You might begin to feel cynical about the world, thinking that no matter what you do, the world will always be dangerous, and you will always feel unsafe. You find it difficult to trust others and rely on anyone but yourself. You feel incredibly lonely and unsure where to turn. You don’t feel yourself, and you just want this to go away, but you do not know how to make it all go away.

Do any of these trauma or PTSD symptoms describe you?
  • You are a victim, or witnessed, in person, of a traumatic event in which a close friend or family member has been killed, harmed or threatened with his or her life due to an act of violence or an accident

  • You hear about or witness details of traumatic events as a result of your profession

  • You are exposed to threats of violence

  • You experience repetitive, unwanted, intrusive and distressing memories

  • You experience recurring and disturbing dreams

  • You “re-experience” the event while awake and feel as if the event is happening again

  • You experience intense, prolonged anxiety or distress when triggered by memories

  • You find yourself actively trying to avoid anything associated with the event

  • You find it difficult to remember details about the event/s

  • You feel cynical about the world sometimes and blame yourself

  • You are much less interested in activities that you typically enjoy

  • You feel detached or estranged from others

  • You struggle to experience any positive emotions, such as happiness or love

  • You feel more irritable or “grumpy” than usual

  • You feel more “jumpy” than usual

  • You find yourself engaging in more risky or self-destructive behaviors

  • You are always vigilant about your surroundings to ensure no threats to your safety

  • You find it more difficult to concentrate or focus

Experiencing a traumatic event can a significant impact on how you experience the world, how you think about the world, and how you respond to your environment and community.  You may think that what you experienced was not “that bad” and does not qualify as a traumatic event. Some people might say, “I have never been to war or anything like that”. There is a common misconception that PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, only affects those who have been in combat or those who work in dangerous occupations, such as Police, Firefighter or EMTs. But this just isn’t true. Anyone who has experienced many of the symptoms above may be diagnosed with PTSD. Likewise, many will not meet the specific criteria for a full diagnosis,. However, regardless of the details of the event, if you are experiencing the above symptoms, you are likely experiencing trauma related anxiety, and you may need the same type of support for someone diagnosed with PTSD. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we do not judge the severity of the event, but rather focus on how you are responding to this event and how we can help you recover your full self, and empower you to take back control in your life.

trauma/PTSD facts

Did you know that PTSD can affect different people in very different ways? Below are some statistics on the prevalence of PTSD and trauma amongst different demographics.

Among adults:

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%). ​

 

Among women:

  • A little over 50% will experience at least one traumatic event in their life, he most common trauma for being sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

  • About 33% will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime.

 

Among Teenagers and Children:

  • Of the reported cases of child abuse, there is proof of abuse in about 30% of cases. From these cases, we have an idea how often different types of abuse occur:

  • 65% neglect

  • 18% physical abuse

  • 10% sexual abuse

  • 7% psychological (mental) abuse

 

Among Veterans, PTSD statistics vary by service era:

  • Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.

  • Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.

  • Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%)  have reported PTSD.

Among Female Veterans:

  • 23 out of 100 women (or 23%) reported sexual assault when in the military.

  • 55 out of 100 women (or 55%) and 38 out of 100 men (or 38%) have experienced sexual harassment when in the military.

While the trauma event may have been out of your control, trauma treatment can help you regain a sense of control over your life. You can feel better and get back to being yourself. You can enjoy the little things in life again. And you can make the most of your work, relationships, and family once more. Trauma is treatable. Therapy and trauma treatment at Catalyss Counseling can help with Healing After Trauma.

trauma and ptsd treatment at catalyss counseling

While you are recovering from the adverse impacts of trauma, you will likely go through a wide range of thoughts and emotions. You may feel angry, sad, guilty, hopeless, helpless and a times worthless. You may begin to have negative and cynical thoughts about the world and others around you, leading you to mistrust and withdraw from your social supports. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we specialize in treating trauma related anxiety. We will work with you to first regain a sense of control over your feelings and thoughts, so that you can meet your basic needs, relieve your anxiety and continue to meet expectations due to your social, occupation and economic obligations. As you feel more able to cope with the daily stress during the recovery process, we will work together to find meaning in the event and how it will shape your ongoing personal development in a way that promotes growth, health and resiliency.

Many people experiencing trauma-related anxiety also have a co-occurring medical issue, alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, or depression at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we specialize in treating the whole person at one time. We coordinate closely with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team. We use only evidence-based treatments to assess your symptoms, identify the impact they are having on your life, give you coping skills to manage your anxiety, and guide you in changing your negative thought processes. This results in better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care. The process of therapy can be difficult at times, but we strive to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. The end result of therapy for trauma at Catalyss Counseling is Healing After Trauma.

therapy works

Therapy and lasting change take time and commitment. While therapy isn’t often easy, you get out of it what you put in. If you come in with honesty, trust in the process, and a willingness to change, you can expect to see lasting results.

Therapy and trauma treatment with Catalyss Counseling can provide you with Healing After Trauma. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat trauma, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with Kristen Dammer, our trauma specialist. Kristen specializes in providing EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an evidenced-based treatment method that has been found to be very successful in treating people who have experienced trauma.