Holistic Trauma PTSD Treatment Center
Living with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD is like being followed by an invisible shadow. Situations are overwhelming to cope with. Waves of panic engulf your being. This overpowering feeling can present itself at any moment.
It’s difficult to find safe spaces, both mentally and physically, when you have PTSD. You’re in a heightened state of alarm. For some, this is exacerbated by restless nights and bouts of insomnia. Though you try to live as normally as you can, many days present a challenge.
It’s possible to experience few or no symptoms for months or years. But you still feel that shadow stalking you. If another traumatizing event re-triggers PTSD, symptoms and feelings that you thought were shelved away can show themselves again. You feel caught in this overwhelming spiral.
We understand that at times, it can feel as if PTSD is something you’ll have to live with forever. Know that it doesn’t need to be that way.
At The Sanctuary, we believe wholeheartedly in your ability to heal from past traumas – we’ve seen it happen for so many of our clients. By “heal,” we mean really addressing the root of your issues so that eventually, you no longer suffer from PTSD.
Healing starts with understanding where your trauma comes from and confronting the false beliefs and coping strategies you’ve built over time. Ultimately, it results in releasing the trauma and transforming yourself as a result.
But before doing deeper work, it’s helpful to understand PTSD and the trauma associated with it.
What is Trauma Associated With PTSD?
Anything that interferes with your ability to process information, live life, and feel good is classified as trauma. Most adults have been through some form of trauma, with 70% of adults in the US reporting having experienced trauma at one point in their lives.
Trauma won’t impact two people in the same way. That’s because our experiences are very much individual. One person might find an event too overwhelming to cope with while someone else barely notices it at all. The severity of symptoms that show up after a traumatic event also varies from person to person. Twenty percent of US adults who reported experiencing trauma go on to develop PTSD.
PTSD is a set of symptoms that develop after a traumatizing event that leaves you overwhelmed and unable to cope. Not all traumatic events that lead to PTSD are “large-T” traumas: overt events like abuse or combat, for instance. An accumulation of “small-t” traumas, less pronounced yet distressing events, can also develop into PTSD. Examples of these include divorce, financial stress, and family conflict, to name a few.
We understand that the thought of revisiting past trauma is intimidating. At The Sanctuary, we place a huge focus on making sure you feel like you’re in a safe environment throughout treatment. Once you’re in a fully relaxed state, you’re better prepared to work on yourself.
Who is at Risk of Forming PTSD Related to Extreme Trauma?
There’s a common notion that PTSD arises primarily from combat-related trauma. But the truth is, anyone who’s experienced trauma can develop PTSD.
Certain situations may put individuals at a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. These include:
- Ongoing stress
- A history of trauma or abuse
- A family history of mental health issues or addiction
- Lack of support network
It’s important to remember that PTSD is not a character flaw. It’s our body’s way of protecting us from deep wounds. PTSD occurs when you are too overwhelmed to cope with trauma – and when symptoms that result from feeling overwhelmed show up for certain amounts of time.