Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety causing you to feel helpless. PTSD is often seen in those who survived an assault, in military soldiers in combat, and in first responders.
Any unpredictable and uncontrollable event (or series of events) that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can trigger PTSD.
Common symptoms include:
- sensory difficulties
- upsetting memories
- intense physical reactions (sweating, pounding heart, nausea)
- increased anxiety
- emotional arousal
- trouble sleeping
- irritability or outbursts of anger
- feeling jumpy and easily startled
- hyper vigilance
Although PTSD is a mental illness it also presents as a brain injury showing difficulty concentrating, poor memory, and poor executive functioning (planning, organization, initiation).
Lisa’s Holistic Rehab offers non-threatening and cutting edge interventions for PTSD to help calm down an overextended nervous system using sensory and reflex integration therapy and other effective interventions.