PTSD

PTSD

PTSD services offered in Robbinsville, NJ

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects anyone who experiences a frightening or threatening event. At Town Center Counseling, Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC, provides compassionate therapy along with the support you need to overcome the intense anxiety, flashbacks, and other symptoms caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. If you need help with PTSD, call the office in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.

PTSD Q&A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD begins after you experience or witness an event that threatens your safety or causes harm. Though PTSD is known for affecting veterans, anyone can develop the condition after experiencing traumas such as:

  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Car crash
  • Airplane or train accident
  • Earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes
  • Gun violence
  • Robberies
  • Fires

Traumatic events normally cause anxiety, fear, and distress, but they should slowly improve as you recover. If your symptoms don't improve or get worse, you may have PTSD.

What symptoms occur due to post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD causes anxiety, as well as a range of possible symptoms. You may keep re-experiencing the event or have vivid memories that you can't shake. You may:

  • Experience flashbacks
  • Have nightmares
  • Feel angry and irritable
  • Be easily startled
  • Develop insomnia
  • Become depressed
  • Blame yourself for the trauma
  • Feel guilt or shame
  • Isolate yourself
  • Find it hard to concentrate
  • Avoid people and places that remind you of the trauma

Your symptoms may stop you from socializing or compel you to rearrange your day to avoid the things that trigger your PTSD.

What triggers my post-traumatic stress disorder?

Your brain records the details associated with the traumatic event, such as your feelings, smells, sounds, and the surrounding environment. These details later become things that trigger your PTSD. However, your brain stores the details in your subconscious so you're not aware of them.

As you go about your daily activities, you may encounter one of the details, which then triggers a sudden surge of emotions such as fear or anger. In some cases, the emotions may motivate you to take actions that are out of character. For example, you may get aggressive.

How is post-traumatic stress disorder treated?

Though some people may need medications for problems such as depression and insomnia, therapy is the primary treatment for PTSD.

Jennifer may recommend therapy to help you recognize PTSD triggers or teach you new ways to cope with symptoms like anger. Some types of therapy reduce anxiety by confronting your fears in a supportive environment.

Many patients use therapy to improve the aspects of their life affected by PTSD. For example, you may need help rebuilding a social life or managing feelings of sadness, guilt, and shame.

You can overcome PTSD with compassionate therapy at Town Center Counseling. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.