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Post Traumatic

Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)




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Over half of the population will experience some form of severe trauma at some point in their lives. This can include sexual or physical assault, combative, vehicular or other accidents and witnessing death or injury. While not everyone will experience post-traumatic stress disorder from these traumatic events, PTSD is more common that you would expect.

  • About 7 to 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 10 of every 100 (or 10%) of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 (or 4%) of men.

  • Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD: 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder.

  • Childhood abuse that can include physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood for developing PTSD.

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) is a test that was created to understand the impact childhood abuse has later in life.

Treatment For PTSD

The primary treatment for PTSD is Psychotherapy. Effective psychotherapy that includes but is not limited to:

  • Cognitive therapy

  • Exposure therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Like most mental illnesses, there is no cure for PTSD; however, these treatments have been shown to help improve symptoms of PTSD. The impacts of trauma, especially early or long-term developmental trauma linger in the body and often show up symptomatically in the body, in the form of tension, increased susceptibility to stress and PTSD, emotional distress, and even physical ailments like headaches, body pain, accidents, injuries, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.

Our bodies have an infinite amount of wisdom, and through techniques like Somatic (body) work, EMDR, Lifespan Integration, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Matrix Reimprinting, and even the Raindrop Technique, individuals learn how to listen to the wisdom inherent in their bodies.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment.

  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

  • GAD often co-occurs with major depression.

Panic Disorder(PD)

  • PD affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population.

  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

  • SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.

  • SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13.

  • According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.

Specific Phobias

  • Specific phobias affect 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population.

  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

  • Symptoms typically begin in childhood; the average age-of-onset is 7 years old.

Treatment For Anxiety

Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” can help people with anxiety disorders. To be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at the person’s specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs.

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