Triggers bring back an event from the past.
It can be a situation that feels “familiar” – maybe even without realizing it. Suddenly your heart is beating fast or you feel the urge to flee.
It isn’t unusual to avoid situations that remind you of ‘that’ event, and so you find your world getting smaller and smaller. You realize you are making more and more rules about things, because you feel fearful all of the time.
Undoubtedly, you are jumpy or have a quick startle response. You are aware of being hyper-vigilant but may not recognize just how much of the time you are unable to feel safe.
Nightmares or flashbacks of those events… inundated with bad memories that just won’t go away.
Or the worst – you find it hard to trust people the way you once did – before…
What causes PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by many different things. The official guidebook we use for diagnosis (DSM-V) says that you must have faced an event where you thought you were going to die, were threatened with death, actual or threatened serious injury, or have been sexually assaulted or threatened with sexual assault.
You could have experienced these things yourself or have observed someone else experience these things. You may have knowledge about something like this or may be repeatedly exposed to knowledge of such traumatic events.
These are the official events that are required by the DSM-V for a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.
However, Francis Shapiro, the founder of EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), talked about how people can experience big ‘T’ traumas as listed above or a lot of little ‘t’ traumas that can add up to what feels like a big ‘T’ trauma.
We recognize that people experience hardships every day. Maybe you don’t meet the official criteria for PTSD but have symptoms that are preventing you from enjoying life.
There is hope.
My doctoral dissertation was on treating the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD with neurofeedback. I learned so much through this research!
Bessel van der Kolk, a specialist in trauma, talks about how the brain can become wired for trauma because of traumatic events that we experience.
Neurofeedback is a direct treatment that can help reduce all of the symptoms listed above.
We would begin by doing a QEEG to determine if you have dysregulated brain wave activity that is contributing to your symptoms.
We can then work on training your brain wave activity to come back to a normal place so that you can feel better, more normal, and reengage in life.
Therapy is an important part of this healing process. Many people begin there or attend therapy while also attending neurofeedback. The results people experience from both of these forms of treatment are very helpful.
We want to come along side you on this journey for better health.
We want to help you feel better so that you can enjoy your family, your friends, life outside of your home, and to reengage in community in a meaningful way.
We have many methods and techniques to help you, as we are specialists in helping people with PTSD.
From the beginning of my education, my focus has been on helping people with PTSD, because I realized just how much horrible events can change people.
We are here to restore your hope. To help you feel “normal” again.
Don’t think about it. Call us now at (719) 323-3094 for a free consultation.