Trauma and PTSD

If you are dealing with the effects of a traumatic event, whether you remember it or not, get in touch with us at the National Counseling Center.    See below:

Acute Stress Disorder – The person is exposed to a traumatic event where he felt a threat  of death or serious injury to others or to himself and there is a sense of intense fear, helplessness, or horror. He then experiences the following: A numbing effect where he lacks emotional responsiveness, “tuning out” sort of speak, or “being in a daze.” Reexperiences the event through recurrent images, thoughts, dreams, flashbacks, etc. Avoids places, people, or things that remind him of the event. Has difficulty sleeping, has poor concentration, is irritable, hypervigilant, and is startled easily. These occur within 4 weeks of the event and last from 2 days to 4 weeks.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – In this form of anxiety, the person has been exposed to a traumatic event involving actual or threatened death, or serious injury to himself or others. He responds with intense fear, helplessness, or horror. The person re-experiences the event through images, thoughts, perceptions, or dreams, acts or feels as if he is reliving the experience. This can be triggered by exposure to internal or external cues that resemble an aspect of the event. The person tries to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma, or tries to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma. He may not recall an important aspect of the trauma, or loses interest or participation in significant activities. He may feel detached from others, or has a restricted range of affect such as loving feelings, or a sense of a foreshortened future. The person can have difficulty falling or staying at sleep, be irritable, have difficulty concentrating, be hyper-vigilant, or have an exaggerated startle response. This has been going on more than 1 month and causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.


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