Learn More About PTSD
PTSD can leave those impacted by trauma with intrusive and upsetting thoughts and feelings long after the trauma event(s) happened. These symptoms impact the quality of life and, in some cases, the ability to maintain employment and relationships with others. Fortunately, PTSD is treatable. Below you’ll find articles and resources to help you both understand and deal with PTSD.
Featured PTSD Articles
EMDR is the most recommended therapeutic treatment used for PTSD and different types of trauma. The main purpose of EMDR is to help the brain process the natural healing of a person who has experienced any level of trauma.
There are a variety of medications used for the treatment of PTSD, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers. It is important to note that treatment for PTSD is multimodal; it involves a care team with a primary care physician and a licensed mental health professional.
Helping a friend or family member with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may seem daunting, but there are a number of evidence-based tips and strategies to provide support, such as educating yourself about the disorder, getting involved in the treatment plan, and implementing healthy self-care strategies for yourself.1 While PTSD can be a difficult disorder to manage, remember that there are a number of resources available to support you and your loved ones.
Common PTSD Symptoms
Dissociation is a state of mind that occurs when someone separates themselves from their emotions, and is a common trauma defense mechanism in people with PTSD. Dissociation can feel like an out-of-body experience or like disconnection from the world around you.
It is not uncommon for those with PTSD to experience symptoms related to psychosis, such as hallucinations. Sometimes, these symptoms can indicate trauma that is unresolved and in need of addressing. PTSD is a complex diagnosis, and it is important to consider all the ways it can impact you. However, this is a condition that can be managed with effective treatment.
Anger, one of the most prevalent PTSD symptoms, is often experienced more intensely by trauma survivors. PTSD anger may be expressed both outwardly and internally, sometimes resulting in increased hypervigilance, aggression, self-harm, suicidality, or self-hatred.
PTSD & Relationships
Having a partner who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging. Helping your partner get treatment can improve their life as well as the quality of your relationship.
Relationship PTSD refers to the response a person may have to one or more exposures to a traumatic event within the context of a relationship with an intimate partner. Within intimate partnerships, the types of relational abuse that have been shown to leave lasting marks are verbal, physical, emotional/psychological, or sexual.
For those dating someone with PTSD, you’re already aware that there is much more to your partner than their illness. Gaining a better understanding of PTSD and available treatments can help you work together as a team toward better symptom management and healing.
More Articles About PTSD
CPTSD and BPD share many of the same symptoms, impairments, and risk factors. For example, CPTSD and BPD are linked to repeated traumatic experiences.
Divorce can be traumatic, and some people may experience PTSD symptoms after this separation. While divorce trauma itself may not warrant a diagnosis, abusive or toxic relationship dynamics can contribute to the development of post-divorce PTSD. Regardless, coping with divorce starts by validating your feelings and seeking professional support.
CBT can be effective for PTSD because it can help a person understand and challenge unhealthy thought processes, reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.