Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that occurs as the result of a traumatic event or chronic abuse/neglect overtime. PTSD is complex and can impact people in many different ways. The most common PTSD symptoms include extreme sensitivity and reactivity, fear, nightmares or re-experiencing of the event, difficulty sleeping, intrusive memories of the event, flashbacks, and persistent avoidance of anything that reminds a person of the event.
Traumatic events can occur directly or can be experienced vicariously through seeing loved ones or others abused or harmed. An example of vicarious experiences that cause PTSD may be seeing one’s parent physically abused by a partner, a person’s close or repeated exposure to events such as a serious car accident, or workplace environments for law enforcement or military personnel. In addition to the symptoms above, many clients with PTSD have the negative experience of feeling shameful or guilty about the cause of their PTSD diagnosis, persistent negative beliefs about self, a sense of detachment from others, and lowered interest in activities or people that used to bring them joy and comfort. These clients are thus not only subjected to the event that caused their trauma but are then additionally attacking themselves emotionally and cognitively in a way that promotes continued struggles and hardship.
PTSD is not just the ‘typical’ response to a frightening or negative event but is a serious mental health disorder that impacts a person for over a month and has a profound effect on their ability to enjoy everyday life. At BlueSky, we have trained professionals to support clients with PTSD and help them move forward with treatment related to their trauma. Through the use of several modalities, BlueSky effectively addresses the damaging effects of trauma and provides caring treatment. This treatment includes such things as: