Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 3.6% of the population in the United States and most often comes on the heels of a traumatic event. At Gordon Psychology Group in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. William Gordon and his staff help patients deal with the aftermath of trauma and show them how to move forward. If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD, call the office to set up an appointment.
As the name implies, PTSD is brought on by a traumatic event, whether you experience it firsthand or witness it. While the disorder is often associated with conflict and military veterans, the fact is that PTSD affects women more than men, largely due to rape or sexual abuse.
While anyone who goes through a traumatic event needs time to process their emotions and feelings, people with PTSD have more difficulty and they’re unable to close the door on the experience.
PTSD affects people in many different ways and on different timelines. While some people develop symptoms shortly after the incident, some people suffer from symptoms years later, which can make the condition incredibly difficult to diagnose unless you seek professional help.
The symptoms of PTSD are broken down into four different categories:
These symptoms typically take the form of flashbacks, dreams, and memories that pop into your head without warning. These intrusions are often vivid enough that you feel like you’re reliving the event over and over.
This happens when you steer clear of places, people, or things that bring up negative emotions or memories.
This describes a feeling that you can have toward yourself, which can include guilt, shame, or a lack of worth.
This side effect includes acting out in anger, being jumpy or easily startled, as well as generalized anger and irritability.
To get started, the team at Gordon Psychology Group sits down with you to assess your symptoms, your medical history, and the primary driver behind your behavior and/or emotions. If they determine that PTSD may be the cause of your problems, they offer several different treatment protocols, including:
Dr. Gordon may recommend a combination of any of the above to help you take back control of your life so you can move past the trauma. Through engagement, connection, and goal-setting, the staff at Gordon Psychology Group ensures that you have the resources necessary.
For a comprehensive treatment of PTSD, call Gordon Psychology Group or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.