What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the persistent state of mental or emotional stress in response to an un-processed traumatic event. PTSD entered mainstream psychology in response to reports of nightmares, flashbacks, and the inability to function normally. The first written example of PTSD was The Odyssey/ Achilles, which was written sometime around 700BC and it has since taken many names such as shell shock, the name psychiatrists gave to PTSD after the second World War. In the modern age, we now understand that trauma and traumatic events are much more wide-ranging than combat.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can appear as hypervigilance to any and all perceived threats in the outside world. The trauma from any number of traumatic experiences that live inside the body will react quickly to the most imperceptible trigger in the environment.
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
While each person experiences the symptoms of PTSD differently, there are three common types:
- Intrusion- re-experiencing the trauma-related memories through intrusive distressing thoughts of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
- Avoidance- emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the traumatic incident.
- Negative Changes in Thought- a pervasive state of negative emotions including shame, anger & fear. Often results in an inability to remember important aspects of an event and a loss in motivation.
- Changes in Stimulation- people with PTSD often have a heightened sense of awareness, like they have a guard up. This can often causes insomnia, trouble concentrating, and increased irritation.
A more comprehensive outline of PTSD symptoms can be found here: https://www.verywellmind.com/ptsd-in-the-dsm-5-2797324
People with PTSD may also experience:
- Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
- Depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions.
- Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair.
- Physical symptoms or chronic pain.
- Employment problems.
- Relationship problems and intimacy issues.
In the video below, Dr. Dawn Bantel talks about the effects of trauma on someone’s health.
Why is Sabino Recovery’s PTSD Program Right for You?
Sabino’s treatment philosophy is founded upon the belief that trauma is the root cause of most mental health and substance use issues, so we are uniquely positioned to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD causes lasting changes in the areas of the brain responsible for feelings related to emotion, thought, and memory. When your brain is altered in this way, it’s difficult to regain control, no matter how long ago the traumatic event was. At Sabino Recovery we provide a safe environment and effective treatments that address the complexities of PTSD symptoms and treat the root of the trauma. We encourage therapeutic processing that allows for reconnection to yourself, your family, and your community.
At Sabino Recovery, our treatment programs focus on using neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in order to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments. Trauma memories are strong but your resilience is a much more powerful force.
Sabino’s treatment options are developed around the very specific needs of each resident. There are no “treatment tracts,” which means each person treated for PTSD has a treatment plan developed for them upon their arrival. In addition, we monitor progress closely and our compassionate, multi-disciplinary team makes real-time adjustments based on your progress and your needs.
Our highly experienced mental health professional staff prescribe a custom blend of medical, psychological, and integrative therapies to most effectively treat PTSD for each person as a whole to improve symptoms and gain control. There is equal emphasis on psychotherapy, including equine therapy, brainspotting, ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model), Somatic Experience, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and psychodrama, as well as medical treatment and integrative therapies, which include adventure therapies, acupuncture, yoga, and massage. Since trauma “lives” in the body, all of these modalities go beyond traditional talk therapy and standard therapy sessions which have become vital to true recovery.
To learn more about Sabino Recovery’s unique trauma focused treatment program visit Our Approach.