These are actions you take to avoid situations, places, feelings and thoughts that remind you of the traumatic experience. You may change your daily activities or routine even if it makes your daily life a bit hectic and difficult. For example, If you have witnessed or been in a car accident, you may avoid riding in a car. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you might avoid dogs at all costs. This avoidance behavior is your brain’s way of protecting your body.
Arousal and reactivity symptoms
With PTSD, you can experience an increase in feeling anxious or high alert which can potentially disrupt your day-to-day routine.
Symptoms can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling easily startled
- Trouble concentrating
Cognition and mood symptoms
This can impact cognitive and mood functions. Symptoms include:
- Isolating from other people
- Difficulty enjoying activities
- Ongoing feelings of shame, guilt, and fear
- Negative, persistent beliefs about yourself and the world
- Difficulty remembering parts of the traumatic event
Clients with complex PTSD can be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder or dissociative disorders. They show behavioral issues such as aggression, sexual impulsivity, substance abuse and impulsivity. They also tend to show extreme emotional issues, for example, depression, intense rage or panic.
Is PTSD and C-PTSD treated differently?
Treatments for C-PTSD and PTSD are similar. Main treatments include:
- Neurofeedback training
Therapy can help you develop coping tactics and give you tools to manage your trauma. For some, antidepressants are also helpful in managing their symptoms. People suffering from C-PTSD may need a long term treatment as compared to patients of PTSD.
How do You Move Forward?
Living with these conditions can be a challenge, our owner knows best as she was treated for Complex PTSD with Neurofeedback only. Getting timely treatment is key as it will prevent your mental health from getting worse. It may mean seeking out a professional who can identify the issue and guide you through solutions. Here at Grey Matters, we provide neurofeedback training, which involves correcting inefficient neural pathways your brain has developed as a result of trauma.
Our medication-free approach not only helps mitigate symptoms related to PTSD, but it can also help with your gut health, anxiety, and depression, meaning you don’t have to live with your poor mental health forever! Schedule your free consultation with Grey Matters of Carmel today, and let’s find the solution to a better you!
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