Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a trauma. Events that can cause traumatic reactions might be a one-time event, but may also include traumatic situations repeating over time.
People who suffer from PTSD may experience dissociation, flashbacks, and nightmares. Intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that last long after the trauma has ended are common. Also, people will often avoid places, people, or things that remind them of traumatic events, leading to increased isolation, anxiety, and less involvement in a life worth living.
In some cases, individuals who suffer from PTSD will also experience life threatening behaviors, such as suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, or impulsivity.
Evidence-based treatments for the complex symptoms of PTSD include Prolonged Exposure Therapy. CEBTOhio offers treatment to adult and adolescent clients for PTSD symptoms via the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure protocol (DBT PE).
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