If you or a loved one has experienced a recent or past trauma, been abused as a child or in a current relationship, they may have PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Trauma causes reactions like PTSD but also depression and other anxiety disorders like panic, phobia’s, chronic worry or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, hypervigilance, numbing of normal responding, mistrust of others, social anxiety disorder, and many other concerns.  I provide psychologically based treatment for PTSD and Trauma in Santa Rosa Ca.  I am a psychologist, counselor, therapist, specializing in helping people get their lives back after being traumatized as an adult or earlier in life.  Please call me to get the help you need and get your life back: (707) 239-1096.  Lets talk about it.  Here is some information regarding Trauma and PTSD:

PTSD Explained: To receive a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you must have experienced an event that “involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others” and must have reacted with “intense fear, helplessness, or horror.”   PTSD involves a cluster of 3 core symptoms: Flashbacks or intrusive thoughts and images (includes nightmares), Avoidance of situations that remind you of the event (includes blocking out memories of the trauma), and symptoms of Arousal (like getting easily startled, having excessive anxiety, being charged up on adrenaline and other symptoms).  To learn more about PTSD, Trauma and its treatment, go to “What is Trauma and How is it Treated?”

The type, amount or duration, and age at exposure to trauma all play a role in its development.  While psychological trauma can occur at any point in the lifespan, trauma has its most profound impact when it occurs during early childhood or adolescence and becomes less pervasively damaging with later onset.  Trauma that occurs during these developmentally vulnerable times can lead to PTSD, but may also cause disturbances in emotional development, problems with clear thinking, physical problems, and can cause serious disruptions in your relationships!

Important Facts about Trauma and PTSD:

  • Approximately 15 to 25% of any traumatic event leads to the development of PTSD and especially severe traumas called “high magnitude trauma” may double this rate!
  • Interpersonal violence, such as torture and assault, and prolonged and/or repeated events such as childhood sexual abuse, are more likely than natural events to results in a traumatic response. 
  • The estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD among adult Americans is 7.8%, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • Across gender, sexual assault and interpersonal violence are associated with the highest PTSD rates overall.
  • Between 17 and 33% of women in the general population report sexual–physical abuse and between 40 to 70% of people receiving psychiatric treatment experienced a childhood trauma
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