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Trauma Recovery:

The staff at Village Counseling and Assessment Center are experienced in providing grief work and treating trauma while providing a safe place to work through intense feelings. After a major loss people can feel traumatized, disoriented and immobilized. Most people who live through a traumatic or life-threatening event experience some initial symptoms, such as anger, shock, and anxiety. However, not everyone goes on to develop PTSD.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, usually one that has caused or threatened death or severe injury. PTSD can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.


PTSD develops differently from person to person. If you’ve lived through a traumatic incident, your symptoms may appear within hours or days of the event, or they may take weeks, months, or even years to develop. Symptoms can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. Some symptoms of PTSD involve the flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive memories of the traumatic event. These symptoms can appear at any time, sometimes seemingly out of the blue. At other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event: a noise, an image, certain words, and a smell. You may avoid situations that remind you of the traumatic event you experienced, minimize the event’s significance, or push all thoughts of it out of your mind. PTSD can cause you to feel and react as if you’re constantly in danger. In this state, your mind and body is on constant red alert, making it impossible to fully relax, be productive, or enjoy life.


Trauma Recovery Can Help...

Children:

  • Sleep problems and Nightmares

  • New phobias and anxieties
    that seem unrelated to the
    trauma (such as a fear of
    monsters).

  • Acting out the trauma through
    play, stories, or drawings.

Adults

  • Hiding Feelings of Anxiety
    and Fear

  • Withdrawing From
    Relationships

  • Struggling to Fall Asleep
    and Stay Asleep

  • Reliving the Trauma in
    Dreams and Flashbacks

  • Decrease in Academic or Professional Performance

  • Suicidal Thoughts