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Treatment for PTSD and Other Healing Emotional Trauma
PTSD stands for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and it is a common response to any kind of emotional trauma. It was first diagnosed after the Vietnam War, when soldiers returning from combat experienced it. There are high rates of it today in soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, in the years since Vietnam, we have realized that PTSD is not limited to combat veterans. Many women who have suffered through incest or other sexual abuse as a child, or rape at any age, also develop PTSD. Any experience that provokes the emotions of intense fear, helplessness or horror can lead to PTSD later on. You may need PTSD counseling to get through your trauma. When diagnosed with PTSD your insurance may help you with payment for PTSD counseling.
There are three types of symptoms in PTSD: symptoms of reexperiencing the traumatic event; symptoms of avoidance and numbing; and symptoms of emotional arousal.
Symptoms of Reexperiencing:
Symptoms of Avoidance and Numbing:
Symptoms of Emotional Arousal:
While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help with some of the symptoms of PTSD and healing emotional trauma, I also do a lot of psychodynamic work with rape and incest victims. People need to remember and talk about the trauma, the incest, the rape, the combat. There is research to show that talking through your past traumas calms the emotional center of the brain.
Helpful books for teatment for PTSD:
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