Symptoms of post traumatic stress (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful, prolonged traumatic event. PTSD tends to cause a shift in your personality and overall attitude. Survivors tend to be in a perpetual state of fear, horror, anger, guilt and shame and can take a toll on a person’s disposition. While the survivor is doing their best to stay afloat, their spouse will begin to see these changes and wish that things could return back to the way they once were. This tension overtime can begin to deteriorate a marriage. Do not worry, there is hope. PTSD, with the help of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), can be treated and diminished after just a few sessions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience, such as severe neglect. While not everyone who experiences neglect suffers from PTSD, those who do are by no means weak; PTSD is not a sign of weakness.
There are three main categories of symptoms associated with PTSD which include:
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma including places, people, thoughts, or other activities that can be associated with the event.
- Reliving the event through recurring nightmares or other intrusive images which occur randomly at any time. Typically reliving the event will result in extreme emotional or physical reactions such as chills, heart palpitations, or panic when faced with reminders of the event.
- Being on guard or hyper-aroused at times, including feeling sudden anger or irritability, having difficulty sleeping or a lack of concentration and being overly alert and easily startled.
PTSD when left untreated can lead to a variety of serious symptoms, including:
- Loneliness: Because PTSD can potentially make a person very difficult to be around and is often undiagnosed. Individuals suffering from PTSD may end up isolated and alone.
- Anger management issues: For some people, the moments of recurring stress and anxiety lead to outbursts of anger or rage. This can result in child or spousal abuse or even public violence.
- Severe depression: Serious depression is always a risk with PTSD. Many sufferers may demonstrate suicidal thoughts or actions while in the midst of a PTSD episode.
Generally, survivors of severe neglect are recommended to seek professional guidance if they find themselves unable to gain control of their lives, or if they continue to suffer from PTSD symptoms for more than a month.
Early Intervention and Treatment is Important
Intervene as soon as possible on behalf of someone suffering from severe neglect. Uncharacteristic behavior becomes increasingly destructive. Over time, buried and suppressed memories become more and more powerful.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an innovative, evidence-based therapy for PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health issues. Initially, the therapy was primarily used to help veterans suffering from PTSD. One of the major advantages is the speed at which ART is able to bring relief. Generally, only one to five sessions are needed, not months or years of expensive mental health treatment. Research shows the average is four (4) sessions.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy works by reprogramming the traumatic memories that are preventing a person from enjoying the full life they deserve. The techniques work equally well on anyone suffering from trauma, regardless of the type of trauma experienced. Trauma, at the end of the day, is still trauma.
Regardless of how bad things may be, there is always hope and always someone available to help you through difficult times. Contact ART International Training and Research to learn more or to find a therapist near you.