Trauma & PTSD

Navigating the Complexities of Trauma and PTSD

Trauma and PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related conditions can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These conditions can affect anyone at any age and can have a profound impact on daily functioning and quality of life. For more detailed information, visit the National Institute of Mental Health.

Trauma & PTSD

What are the Symptoms of Trauma & PTSD 

 

The DSM-V outlines Trauma and PTSD broadly because trauma and its effects can vary greatly from person to person. Some of the more common symptoms of Trauma & PTSD include:

  • Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive distressing memories of the traumatic event(s).
  • Recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and/or effect of the dream are related to the traumatic event(s).
  • Dissociative reactions (e.g., flashbacks) in which the individual feels or acts as if the traumatic event(s) were recurring. (These reactions may occur on a continuum, with the most extreme expression being a complete loss of awareness of present surroundings.)
  • Intense or prolonged psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event(s).
  • Marked physiological reactions to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event(s).
  • Irritable behavior and angry outbursts (with little or no provocation), typically expressed as verbal or physical aggression toward people or objects.
  • Reckless or self-destructive behavior.
  • Hypervigilance.
  • Exaggerated startle response.
  • Problems with concentration.
  • Sleep disturbances (e.g., difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless sleep).

Trauma is Unique

Not everyone experiences PTSD or trauma in the same way, so your symptoms may be completely different from someone you know. If you believe you are experiencing PTSD, contact us today to get started on your wellness journey.

How We Treat Trauma

At AIM, we understand that mental health is not just about what’s happening in your mind or body; it’s also about the environment and circumstances of your life. Our comprehensive approach to treating Trauma and PTSD considers all these aspects, providing the support and resources necessary for effective recovery.

 

Our Treatment

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT, along with Cognitive Therapy, are forms of talk therapy where patients work with their therapists to identify and replace negative behaviors with positive ones. This therapy also focuses on developing healthier ways of managing trauma-related beliefs to break problematic cycles of behavior.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): CPT is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on modifying the dysfunctional beliefs related to trauma. It helps patients understand and change the negative thoughts and feelings that have developed because of their trauma, leading to improved mental health and functioning.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR): EMDR uses bilateral stimulations of the brain through light tracking or vibrating batons, allowing individuals to revisit traumatic memories without emotional distress. This process helps in reprocessing the memory and its associated emotions, reducing the impact of traumatic experiences.

Medication Management & Psychiatry: While PTSD is often treated without medication, psychiatric medications can play a significant role in managing symptoms and improving daily functioning. Our team carefully evaluates and manages medication needs to ensure optimal support for trauma responses.

Group Therapy: Group Therapy, led by professional moderators, provides a supportive community environment for those experiencing PTSD or trauma. It fosters a sense of safety and reminds individuals they are not alone. Group Therapy is typically combined with individual therapy to enhance treatment outcomes.

You are not alone

We are here to help. We look forward to crafting a custom treatment plan that meets your needs and schedule.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost for an appointment?

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Our team

At the core of AIM is our dedicated team, focused on fostering an environment where optimal wellbeing is achievable.

 

A Team Committed to Your Wellbeing

 

Driven by a vision of accessible, compassionate healthcare, our diverse professionals bring unique expertise and insights to enhance our mission. We believe in the power of connection and collaborative care. From clinical experts to supportive staff, every team member contributes to creating a nurturing environment that promotes growth, healing, and comprehensive wellbeing.

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