PTSD Wrap Up

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2021

There is so much information out there on PTSD. If you do suffer from PTSD please do your research. First, you want to find the right mental health professional and begin treatment ASAP.

People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear, or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people.

A diagnosis of PTSD requires exposure to an upsetting traumatic event. However, the exposure could be indirect rather than first-hand. For example, PTSD could occur in individuals learning about the violent death of a close family or friend. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to horrible details of trauma such as police officers being exposed to details of child abuse cases.

It is important to note that not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD, and not everyone who develops PTSD...

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Uncategorized Jul 27, 2021

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a type of therapy in which a patient briefly focuses on the trauma memory while at the same time experiencing eye movements, which is associated with a reduction in the directness & emotion associated with the trauma memories.

EMDR was initially developed in 1987 by a psychologist, Francine Shapiro while she was walking in a park and noticed that she had some upsetting thoughts and feelings that suddenly disappeared. She was puzzled by this and decided to find out why. She began experimenting and observed that when she moved her eyes rapidly back and forth while thinking of something disturbing, the disturbance began to go away. She eventually developed a protocol that could be duplicated and studied, which is now known as EMDR Therapy (or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy). EMDR therapy uses a structured eight-phase approach that includes:

Phase 1: History-taking: The therapist & patient...

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PTSD Treatments

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2021


The main treatments for PTSD are psychotherapy, medications, or both.  An experienced mental health professional can help people find a treatment plan that is best for the individual, based on their symptoms and needs.

Some people with PTSD could be living through an ongoing trauma, such as an abusive relationship.  In this instance, treatment is usually most effective when it addresses both the traumatic situation and the symptoms.  

The types of treatment for PTSD:

  1. Medications:  The most studied type of medication for treating PTSD is a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs).  These types of medications may help control PTSD symptoms such as sadness, worry, anger, and feeling numb.  Examples of these medications are Lexapro, Prozac, & Paxil.
  2. Psychotherapy:  Sometimes called "talk therapy", it can provide support, education, and guidance to people with PTSD.  Psychotherapy is...
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The 4 Categories of PTSD Symptoms

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2021

PTSD symptoms may begin within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes the symptoms may not appear until years after the event. The symptoms can cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships of all sorts. Believe it or not, they can also interfere with the ability to carry out normal daily tasks.

PTSD symptoms are grouped into 4 categories. They can vary over time or vary from person to person. Here are the categories and the symptoms that fall under each category:

  1. Intrusive Memories: Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the event, reliving the event as if it was occurring again(flashbacks), and severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event.
  2. Avoidance: Trying to avoid thinking or even talking about the event, and avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of the event.
  3. Negative changes in thinking & mood:. Hopelessness about the future, lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed,...
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What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

ptsd Jul 08, 2021


PTSD is usually diagnosed after a person experiences ongoing symptoms for at least a month following a traumatic event. Nevertheless, symptoms may not appear until several months or even years later. PTSD is represented by three main types of symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive disturbing recollections of the event, flashbacks, & nightmares.
  • Emotional impassivity & avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping & concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated & angered.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

At least one re-experiencing symptom: Flashbacks, distressing thoughts, physical signs, reoccurring memories or dreams related to the event

At least one avoidance symptom: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience, or avoiding thoughts or feelings related to...

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What is PTSD?

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2021

Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) can occur in all people, of any ethnicity, culture, and at any age. According to the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, PTSD affects approximately 3.5% of US adults every year, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as "shell shock" during World War I and "combat fatigue" after World War II, but PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans.

People with PTSD have profound & disturbing thoughts and feelings that are related to a traumatic event. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares. People with PTSD may avoid certain situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event. That traumatic event can be a serious accident, a natural disaster, a terrorist act, sexual violence, or war/combat.

A diagnosis of PTSD requires:

  1. A life-threatening event: This includes a perceived-to-be life-threatening event....
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Topic of The Month: PTSD

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2021

Post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that is triggered by an event.  That event is considered scary or horrible, it is either experienced or witnessed.  For most people, it is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation.  Most everyone  will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally.  Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.  People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.

It is important to remember that not everyone who lives through a dangerous event develops PTSD. In fact, most people will not develop the disorder.  Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered...

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Herbs to help Borderline Personality Disorder

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2021

Borderline personality disorder is a complicated disease.  The symptoms that are associated with this disease can be treated with medication.  Not the traditional medications, but with herbs.  Any use of herbs should be discussed with your doctor first before trying them.

Here is a list of herbs and what they are used for.

  1. Yerba Mate:  Yerba mate is an herb from Argentina.  It naturally is an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and mood stabilizer.  In Argentina, yerba mate is also given to children to even out their mood or attitudes.  it is also known to relieve fatigue and stimulate mental energy.
  2. Kava kava:  This is the best anti-anxiety herb.  It has been used to fight fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety.  it does take effect very quickly and will leave you with a mellow type feeling.    Kava kava should never be taken with prescription anti-anxiety drugs such as tricyclic antidepressants & benzodiazepines.
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Is Bipolar Disorder the same as Borderline Personality Disorder?

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2021

Like BPD, a person with bipolar disorder experiences extreme shifts in the mood but between depressed states & episodes of mania, they may experience periods of a stable mood.  Bipolar disorder begins with the brain structure itself, genetics, and family history.  It is also mostly treated with medication, often lithium, which helps stabilize mood.  Psychotherapy is also helpful to aid the person in managing complications in his/her life.

When a person with bipolar disorder is not in a manic or depressive state, they demonstrate the stability that the borderline personality does not show.  When the bipolar person is in between episodes, they function pretty well.  They can have normal relationships that might be disturbed by their periods of illness, but when they are not experiencing episodes, they have stability that you do not see in the borderline person.

Bipolar disorder is more fixed in the biology of the complex nervous system and is much more...

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Treating BPD with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2021

Cognitive-behavioral treatments are the pillar of therapy for people with a borderline personality disorder. It can help people utilize healthy coping skills & achieve a good quality of life.

CBT is a type of talk therapy that targets the thinking-related and action-related aspects of a mental condition. The goal of CBT is to help reduce symptoms by changing the way one thinks or interprets situations, not to mention the actions that you take in your daily life. CBT is primarily focused on the present, the past is something that is not brought up too often. Most of the therapy is focused on how current ways of thinking & acting are related to symptoms, and how to change the patterns. Your therapist often takes an active role in the therapy session, giving you some direct advice & guidance.

There are 2 unique CBT's that are designed specifically for BPD are Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and Schema-focused therapy. Both have been shown to be quite effective in the...

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