Military/First Responder

Military Trauma:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sometimes referred to as shell shock or combat stress, is a common condition that can develop after experiencing a severe trauma or a life-threatening event in the line of duty. It’s normal for your mind and body to be in shock after such an event,
but this normal response becomes PTSD when your nervous system gets “stuck.”

Military personnel and first responders often face situations that can lead to the development of PTSD. These experiences or combat trauma can include:

  • Recurrent, intrusive reminders of the traumatic event – nightmares, flashbacks, extreme emotional and physical reactions to reminders of the trauma.
  • Extreme avoidance of things that remind you of the traumatic event – people, places, thoughts, or situations.
  • Negative changes in your thoughts and mood – exaggerated fears, guilt, or shame.
  • Being on guard all the time, jumpy, and emotionally reactive – hypervigilance, anger, reckless behavior, difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating

If you’re a military service member, veteran, or first responder experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it’s important to seek professional help. There are effective post traumatic stress disorder treatments available, including EMDR Therapy Treatment or Therapy for PTSD. Trauma Systems Therapy can also be a helpful approach, particularly if you have a strong support system and are experiencing complex trauma.

Additionally, some individuals find relief through techniques like Tapping for Anxiety and Depression. While not a replacement for professional therapy, it can be a valuable tool to manage symptoms alongside traditional treatment approaches.

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