There are many reasons that someone may suffer from PTSD, and if you have been a traumatic accident—a car crash, coming back from serving in a war, or have experienced some type of trauma—it is entirely possible you are coming back with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is not something to take lightly and it is not something you should expect to go away on its own. Living with PTSD means that you may be unable to go out in public, you may have high levels of anxiety being around people (even people you love), and certain noises or sounds may take you back to the point of trauma. Clinical psychologists know that even admitting you have a problem can be incredibly difficult, and we applaud you for seeking help. Please do not hesitate to call an office to set up your initial consultation.
What are the first steps in finding a psychologist for my PTSD?
When you look for a clinical psychologist, you want to make sure that they are licensed in the state they are practicing in. Do not hesitate to get to know your clinical psychologist before committing to time with them. It’s okay to want to know where they studied, what their specialty is, and what kind of training they have had. It is most important that you feel comfortable speaking with them, so go in with a list of your questions.
What is PTSD?
PTSD (or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a trauma-induced disorder that happens after a stressful ordeal such as the death of a loved one or even after physical harm. You usually find people who suffer from PTSD are:
· Shooting Victims
· In the Military
· Bombing Victims
· Rape Victims
There is no one age where someone is most at-risk for PTSD occurring and it can happen to children as well. People who suffer from PTSD are also much more likely to suffer from disorders like:
· Depression, and
· Substance Abuse
I’m not sure if I have PTSD. What symptoms should I look out for?
If you aren’t sure if you suffer from PTSD, there are a few things you can look out for.
· Nightmares or Night Terrors
· Flashbacks of the Traumatic Event
· Having Extreme Emotions if Reminded of the Traumatic Event
· Feeling Apathetic
· Feeling Pessimistic
· Easily Startled
How can a clinical psychologist help?
When you go in to see your clinical psychologist, they will begin evaluating your situation and the progression of your PTSD. Depending on how severe it is, they may use medication or psychotherapy to help you with your treatment. However, if you are currently a victim of ongoing trauma—this may be some form of an abusive relationship—one of the first things a clinical psychologist may do is help get you to safety before conducting any type of treatment.
For more information on how a trauma therapist in Palatine, IL can help you with your PTSD, please call an office.
Thanks to Lotus Wellness Center for their insight into counseling and seeking help for PTSD.