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What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


As a therapist, I care deeply about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for reflection, honesty, and vulnerability. With my style of therapy, the aim is to help people overcome obstacles and self-imposed barriers they may face so that they can flourish in their personal lives. I utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes various types of therapeutic interventions including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-first, solution-focused, and direct reality-based psychodynamic style.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatment

PTSD Definition:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it. Examples of such events include sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, child abuse, or other threats on a person’s life.

PTSD Symptoms:

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can vary in intensity over time and can be triggered by anything that reminds a person of the original trauma. These symptoms can interfere with their daily life, making it difficult to work or maintain relationships. Once triggered, symptoms can last for several days.

Common Symptoms of PTSD Include:

- Flashbacks
- Nightmares
- Avoidance of places or things that remind them of the event
- Negative changes in thoughts and feelings
- Feeling keyed up, also known as hyperarousal
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Irritability or outbursts of anger

PTSD Treatment:

Treatment for PTSD can include medication, therapy, or both. The goal of treatment is to help you manage your symptoms so that you can live a normal, healthy life.

If you or a loved one is living with post-traumatic stress disorder, it's important to seek professional help. Contact Matt McTeague today to discuss how he can help.

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