Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Skylark Counselling Abbotsford

Causes of PTSD

Different types of traumatic events can lead to PTSD, including, but not limited to: 

  • Abuse (including childhood abuse, domestic abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse) 
  • Serious accidents or injuries 
  • Serious health problems
  • Stressful life experiences  
  • War and conflict 
  • Natural disaster 
  • Traumatic childbirth 
  • Witnessing a traumatic event
  • Losing a loved one in a violent or traumatic way 

Symptoms of PTSD 

  • Avoidance Symptoms 
    • Avoiding places, objects or events that remind you of the trauma
    • Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the trauma  
  • Re-experiencing Symptoms 
    • Flashbacks 
    • Nightmares 
  • Arousal & Reactivity Symptoms  
    • Outbursts of anger 
    • Difficulty sleeping 
    • Easily startled 
    • Feeling tense or on-edge 

Resources we Recommend for PTSD:

Citations:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

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