Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect those who experience or witness catastrophe, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. There are many unpredictable traumatic and abusive events which can lead to PTSD symptoms, some of which include sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, bullying, accidents, or the sudden death of a loved one.
PTSD symptoms can include intrusive memories of the traumatic event, avoidance, hyper-vigilance, or feelings of alienation, mistrust, guilt, or self-blame. Sometimes these symptoms emerge quickly, and other times they appear weeks, months, or years later.
PTSD can even impact family members or friends of those who experienced the original trauma. Couples and family therapy can help loved ones understand a sufferer’s experience and help improve communication between them.
To relieve PTSD symptoms, there are assessments, nutritional supplements, experiential therapies, and behavioral treatments that have proven effective. A very effective treatment for PTSD is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).