West Palm Beach Therapist
Dr. Susan Christiansen, Ph.D., LMFT
Approximately 223.4 million people (70% of adults) in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. With an estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − having PTSD at any given time.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.
Posttraumatic stress disorder may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as major stress, sexual assault, terrorism, or other threats to a person's life. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyper-arousal, continue for more than a month after the occurrence of a traumatic event.
Most people having experienced a traumatizing event will not develop PTSD. People who experience assault-based trauma are more likely to develop PTSD, as opposed to people who experience non-assault based trauma such as witnessing trauma, accidents, and fire events.
Children are less likely to experience PTSD after trauma than adults, especially if they are less than ten years of age. War veterans are commonly at risk for PTSD.
Dr. Christiansen has experience in treating PTSD, call today if you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, (561) 688-8787.
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