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Trauma can come in many forms. Most people who experience a traumatic event (such as a car accident, a terrorist attack, sexual assault, or child abuse) will experience post-traumatic symptoms for a period of time. A smaller portion of trauma survivors will develop post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Many risk factors make it more likely to develop PTSD after experiencing a trauma. These include a history of mental illness or substance abuse, extra stress after the trauma (such as losing a job or house), and limited social support. There are also resilience factors, which make it less likely that a person will develop PTSD. These include finding a support group after a traumatic event as well as seeking support from friends and family, developing a positive coping strategy, and feeling good about the way one responded at the moment of that traumatic event.
Symptoms of Traumatic Damage
Symptoms of PTSD usually arise within about three months of the traumatic incident, but it’s possible for them to stay hidden for years. To be considered PTSD, symptoms need to last more than a month and interfere with work or relationships.
There are a variety of types of symptoms of PTSD. For an adult to be diagnosed, they need to experience the following for at least one month:
– At least one re-experiencing symptoms. This could include bad dreams or flashbacks. Reminders of the situation or event can trigger re-experiencing symptoms.
– At least one avoidance symptom. Avoidance symptoms cause a person to alter their routine by avoiding places, events, objects, thoughts, or feelings related to the traumatic event. For example, an individual who was in a bad car accident may refuse to drive or ride in a car.
– At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms. These symptoms include angry outbursts, trouble sleeping, feeling tense, and being easily startled. Rather than being triggered, these are usually constant and make it hard to live daily life the way the person did before the trauma.
– At least two cognition and mood symptoms. These symptoms might make a person feel detached from their family and friends and include things such as feelings of guilt, negative thoughts about oneself, loss of enjoyment, and difficulty remembering the event.
Children and teenagers can also develop PTSD, but their symptoms are typically different than adults. In very young children, it’s common to regress – they might forget how to talk or begin wetting themselves again. They might reenact the traumatic event during play, or be clingier with parents or guardians. Older children often develop disruptive behaviors, feel guilt for not preventing the event, and harbor thoughts of revenge.
If you recognize yourself or someone you love in this description of PTSD, it might be time to look for PTSD treatment. Or, if you or someone you care about has recently experienced a traumatic event, it may be helpful to seek trauma treatment to avoid the development of PTSD. Either way, you have already taken a significant first step by finding your way to our website. When researching PTSD treatment facilities, you’ll want to look for a place like Solara that is staffed by professionals who know how to help people overcome the often-debilitating effects of PTSD.
Left unaddressed, traumatic experiences, along with any resulting mental health disorders, can be profoundly distressing, painful, and isolating. At Solara Health, we provide a comprehensive, multimodal treatment program designed specifically for individuals struggling with the effects of trauma—and a crucial component of our program is our trauma therapy group.
Group therapy is a vital part of all clients’ experience at Solara, but for those struggling with mental disorders stemming from trauma, group therapy is especially important. Our trauma group is a safe, welcoming place where clients can find education, support, and guidance within a group of peers who understand their experiences. Led by one of our highly skilled clinicians, the group discusses what trauma is and the effects it has on a person’s life. Clients both learn and practice concrete skills for coping with triggers and also discuss their experiences as they feel ready, gaining insight and support from understanding peers. In the safety of the trauma group, clients find relief from immediate pain and come to learn that they are not alone in their struggles, helping build a solid basis for both immediate and long-term healing.
When you work with our therapists, you’ll come to understand the triggers of your PTSD and develop new and healthy coping strategies. After a traumatic event, most people simply want to return to the life they knew before. PTSD can make this feel impossible, but with help and resilience, you can get back to the life you want to live.
For more information about trauma group therapy, or about other treatments offered at Solara Health, please contact us.
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R.M. – Father
If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.
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M.P. – Father
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I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
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