Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an indication from your body that it needs support in sorting some things out. Traumatic memories are stored in a different part of your brain than the rest of your memories. When therapy is completed successfully, brain scans show that the trauma memory has been moved to a different area of the brain. This alternate area of the brain doesn’t trigger your mind to get confused, your adrenaline to rush, and your body to be on alert.
Here are some of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V):
A stressor such as actual or threatened serious injury, threatened death or witnessing of death or actual or threatened sexual violence.
Intrusion symptoms such as
- intrusive memories
- traumatic nightmares
- dissociative reactions such as flashbacks
- prolonged or intense distress after being exposed to a trigger
Avoidance symptoms such as persistent efforts to avoid anything that triggers traumatic memories.
Alterations to thoughts and mood symptoms such as
- not being able to remember important parts of the traumatic event
- believing bad things about yourself and/or the world
- blaming yourself for the traumatic event
- overwhelming emotions such as horror, shame or anger related to the trauma that continue to happen even long after the event
- losing interest in things that you used to enjoy
- not being able to feel positive emotions such as joy
Reactive symptoms such as
- exaggerated startle response
- difficulty concentrating
- sleep difficulties
- aggressive or irritable behavior
- reckless or self-destructive behavior
If you are ready to listen your body signals and get some support to untangle the memories and put them in their proper place, I can help. My name is Tiffany Spilove and I LOVE working with people to heal their past. I want to make sure that you find peace inside your body and your mind. I have specialized training and experience helping people who have gone through sexual abuse, physical trauma and emotional pain.
Call me today for your free 15-minute phone consultation at 610-314-8402 and find out if therapy is a good option for you