Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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

  • About 7 or 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 cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and/or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 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.  

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