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What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

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PTSD, a post-traumatic stress disorder, is increasingly common today. Prolonged stress, abuse, natural disasters, collective tragedies, and accidents can all lead to PTSD. Unfortunately, many people struggle with PTSD without knowing it. Understanding the signs of PTSD can be the first step toward seeking PTSD treatment. Luckily, today there are programs across the country ready to help people recover from PTSD and co-occurring disorders.

If you’re struggling with the effects of trauma, know you are not alone. The team at A Better State is here to help with our trauma-informed treatment in New Hampshire. With a range of holistic outpatient treatment programs, A Better State is a leader in accessible PHP and IOP, providing the New Hampshire area with accessible trauma therapy for PTSD. Call us now at 781.412.1488 to learn more about our programs and get started today.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a physical, emotional, and psychological condition resulting from unprocessed traumatic experiences. Trauma is a complex response to life-threatening situations. These can be personal near-death experiences or collective traumas. The brain releases chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol when someone witnesses a traumatic event or experiences trauma. This causes the body to go into fight, flight, or freeze mode, an ancient survival response. The nervous system becomes dysregulated when the body goes into flight, flight, or freezes. This causes the symptoms of PTSD, including:

  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • Reactionary behavior
  • Unexplained guilt
  • Shame
  • Los stress tolerance
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Responses that don’t match events
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Depression
  • Self-isolation
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Self-medicating
  • Paranoia
  • Shaking
  • Flashbacks
  • Fast heart rate
  • Panic attacks
  • Disorientation
  • Nightmares
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity

PTSD triggers can be surprising and frequent. Some may not remember a traumatic event. This doesn’t prevent PTSD from causing symptoms. When unprocessed trauma is triggered, many people may experience confusion, memory lapses, and disassociation. Once the nervous system is dysregulated, returning to a state of calm isn’t easy. This can leave many people in a constant state of hyperarousal, making symptoms harder to manage. Prolonged stress can cause persistent PTSD symptoms.

Unfortunately, many people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol or engage in self-harm while struggling with PTSD. It can be difficult to navigate crowds, small spaces, and daily life for those with PTSD. They are often more likely to struggle with anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring disorders. Various forms of therapy like behavioral therapy, EMDR, and trauma resolution can help people unpack traumatic experiences and heal to reduce symptoms and triggers.

Begin Trauma Counseling for PTSD in New Hampshire Today

Signs of PTSD vary. Individual trauma responses can be unpredictable and devastating. If you or someone in your life shows signs of PTSD, know you are not alone. A Better State is here to help. Trauma therapy can help diagnose, treat, and manage the effects of trauma. At A Better State, our trauma-informed PHP and IOP programs provide a dual diagnosis for long-term trauma management and recovery. Our flexible, trauma-informed therapy programs include:

  • ​​Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

Symptoms of PTSD can happen at any time. The therapy programs at A Better State can help you and your loved ones unpack trauma, strengthen the mind-body connection, and heal together. With a range of accessible outpatient programs, A Better State can help you manage PTSD.

Call A Better State for Diagnosis and PTSD Treatment

Unfortunately, trauma can happen at any time. So can PTSD symptoms. If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD, know there are treatment options. Call us now at 781.412.1488 to learn about diagnosis and treatment with A Better State’s trauma treatment and addiction recovery programs.