The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that develops in people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. There are many different kinds of experiences that can cause PTSD. These can include; combat exposure experiences, loss of loved ones, being involved in scary events or witnessing them, experiencing sexual, physical, verbal, or psychological abuse, rape, witnessing abuse of any kind, or neglect. PTSD can consist of a single occurrence or it can be complex. When you experience PTSD, it may feel like it will never get better but it can. It may take hard work and some time but it’s very possible.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
-Ambrose Redmoon

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So how do I treat my PTSD?

As stated previously, PTSD is complex and has to be treated as such. Individual therapy combined with neurofeedback¬†or medications, and possibly group therapy or support groups, has yielded the best results. When working with those suffering from PTSD, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help with managing chronic symptoms. It’s important to create stability in daily life and have a short-term plan. Once stability is achieved, I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address symptoms of PTSD by identifying the root of the symptoms and working on this. Once healing can be found at the root of the issue, current symptoms will likely dissipate.