About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
About 7-8 out of 100 people will develop PTSD in their life (7-8% of the population). Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men (about 10% of women will experience PTSD at some point in their lives compared to 4% of men). Some people also may be more genetically likely to develop PTSD.
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. You may have developed PTSD after going through a traumatic event. Common traumatic events that may cause PTSD in someone include war and combat, assault or sexual assault, a disaster or terrorism. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. There are four major types of symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal, and negative changes in beliefs and feelings.
Do you have flashbacks or experience the traumatic event again even when not thinking about it? Do you have unwanted thoughts or emotional detachment? Do you have severe anxiety or mistrust? Do you have difficulty sleeping? insomnia or frequent nightmares? Have you lost interest or pleasure in activities that used to bring you joy? Have you socially isolated yourself or have feelings of guilt and loneliness?
Find out more about your options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Having an accurate, meaningful diagnosis can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. Neuropsych evaluations can be helpful to see what areas were affected and how severely they were affected, whether it’s memory, attention, executive functioning, language or others. We will use multiple, specialized tests that will give you insight into your PTSD and symptoms, written out clearly for you in your assessment report. The report will also include clear next steps to start you on your recovery path.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are designed to increase your coping skills for your current and future situations. Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. We can use neurofeedback to train your brain back to a balanced environment depending on your personal brain map. For some clients, traditional methods have not been as effective as they should, but neurofeedback can help ease symptoms so that those methods are more effective.
Biofeedback is a great tool we can use to teach self-regulation of your body’s autonomic responses (fight-or-flight response) to improve mental health. Our sympathetic nervous systems prepares our body for emergency whether our conscious or unconscious mind recognizes a source of danger. Anxiety can cause increased heart rate, loss of appetite, sweating and other sympathetic nervous system responses, which send a signal to the pituitary that something is wrong or dangerous. Biofeedback can help you learn to control your body’s responses to stress, leaving you better equipped to cope when these responses arise.
We offer psychotherapy and other forms of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, which can allow clients to build a supportive, caring relationship with one of our many psychologists. Together, you can work through any difficulties whether it is the traumatic event, any emotional changes, life stresses and provide you with tools to continue functioning in your daily life.