PTSD and Life Trauma

OurServicesFPPost Traumatic Stress Disorder gets thrown around today specific to trauma. Even if the trauma doesn’t reach the level of PTSD diagnosis, the trauma gets attached to the label of PTSD. How do you know if the symptoms warrant a PTSD diagnosis?

First the experience of an event that threatens death, serious injury, or sexual violence directly, witnessed, learning that it happened to a close family member or repeated exposure to details of the event.

Next the presence of intrusive, distressing thoughts, dreams or significant reactions and feelings as though the significant event is recurring.

Avoiding the memories, thoughts, reminders of the event.

Loss of memory of important aspects of the event, exaggerated negative beliefs about self, persistent blame of the event on self, inability to experience positive emotions, lack of interest in significant activities and detachment from others indicates another aspect of PTSD.

Significant irritability and angry outburst, self destructive behaviors, constantly watching and looking (hypervigilant), exaggerated startle response, difficulty with friends and work since the event which last longer than one month.

These symptoms often mask themselves as other diagnoses. For example, addiction rarely begins because one just becomes addicted and needs a substance before ever using the substance. Many times substance dependence happens from attempting to ease the intense feelings from the trauma.

Trauma comes in different forms for different people. One event may not create any trauma in one person and the same event may create PTSD in another. Some of the difference in the way trauma affects individuals is a factor known as resilience.  If one has resilience, a strong tendency to minimize and somehow absorb the emotional impact happens and life goes on without any noticeable disturbance.

Various therapeutic interventions work very well for PTSD. It is treatable and possible to resolve the intensity of the memory so that one can go on to live a very normal and satisfying life. One of the first interventions includes assessing for the trauma. Trauma can mask itself overtime and a whole personality can change without it being identified right away. It’s important to get early and proper treatment.

If you or anyone you know experience these symptoms or have had a change in personality over time therapy is a great option. Breakthrough Counseling offers intervention strategies and therapies for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Call Breakthrough Counseling today at 918-286-3278.


  1. Bret E Whitney Sr says:

    I know the symptoms first hand. I am 52 years old . In the last two years by memory has came back to me . Of my child Hood things that I have blocked out Things that caused me to HATE. Now I have to learn to forgive . Which is hard for me to do The HATE sometimes feels good inside me keeps me alive

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