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Trauma Therapy: San Diego

Going through a traumatic experience leaves a lasting impact, one that makes you feel overwhelmed, powerless, helpless; threatened physically, sexually, or emotionally. This is what leads to chronic traumatic stress disorder, better known as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Car accidents, sexual or emotional abuse, domestic violence, disasters, school shootings, and unexpected deaths are the main causes of PTSD among children, adolescents, teens, and adults. Experiences like these can impair your emotional functioning, debilitating your capacity to live a normal life, to find joy, to learn and to feel safe.

No one should have to go through the crippling anxiety and stress that trauma brings you. There is hope; take matters in your own hands, reach out to us today and reclaim your mental health.

PTSD: Under-Recognized, Under-Diagnosed

As human beings, we are programmed to suppress disturbing memories through a process known as state-dependent learning. It is our brain’s built-in coping mechanism. New research shows that memories that are created in a state of trauma are usually inaccessible in a normal state of consciousness.

This has a direct relationship with post traumatic stress disorder and is also one of the reasons why this mental illness often flies under the radar. PTSD symptoms can lie dormant until you come across unexpected triggers — could be something you read online, a dialogue you overheard, news stories, anything at all.

If you, your family members, or your friends are experiencing early signs of poor mental/behavioral health, and any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you seek intensive professional help.

Verified Symptoms of PTSD: An Overview

    • Hypervigilance
    • Social Anxiety
    • Flashbacks
    • Panic attacks
    • Depression
    • Hyperarousal
    • Hypo-arousal
    • Dissociation
    • Suicidal thoughts and internal conflict
    • Avoidance and helplessness
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Constant irritable mood
    • Self-destructive behaviors
    • Substance abuse or drug addiction
    • Anger management issues, mistrust, guilt, and shame.

Diagnosis and Exposure to PTSD

Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event undergoes PTSD; some people are predisposed to such disorders while others aren’t. For example, bipolar disorder patients are at a greater risk of suffering from PTSD if traumatic events were to occur in their lives.

If the symptoms mentioned above persist even after a month of exposure, then the chances of developing this condition are high. In order to be clinically classified as a PTSD patient, an accurate diagnosis is needed. This requires exposure to an event that involves actual or possible threat which is applicable in the following scenarios:

  • You experienced the trauma directly
  • You witnessed someone else experiencing it
  • You’re a caregiver for someone related to you who has been traumatized

Healing requires time, it cannot be done in a day. It requires care and most importantly, a support system. The best thing people can do to manage their anxiety issues is to see a therapist, visit a mental healthcare center or find support groups. Doing this will not only improve their quality of life, but also their relationships and even careers..

Centers for Trauma Therapy: San Diego, California

When it comes to treating mental health disorders, we believe that the sooner you do it, the greater your chances of successful recovery. We understand that this is a lot easier said than done; your hesitance is warranted. In fact, it is not unusual for individuals to seek help and recover even years after the disturbing event.

Seeking help is an act of bravery — it demands courage, an obsessive desire to change things and an inclination towards individual growth. The silver lining is that help is all around you; feel free to reach out to a trauma support group or program in San Diego, California. If finances are an issue, remember that most insurance companies are mandated by law to cover mental health treatments.

Our team of experts and community members will help you and your child to understand how the mind responds to trauma. With the assistance of evidence-based holistic treatments, we’ll provide you the skills needed to process complex emotions, and to view life in a new perspective. These include:

Our main focus is on recovery, support, coping, cognitive restructuring, rewiring the stress response, alleviating physical symptoms, desensitization and discovering a sense of control. By following these strategies, you’ll have the opportunity to heal your mind, feel empowered and live life on your own terms.

The group of therapists at Aspiring Families will provide you an integrated, evidence-based, bio-psycho-social approach to effectively treat trauma. We’ll also provide positive, structured, goal-oriented therapy, along with in-home and in-school interventions to diminish symptoms and support you or your children in learning adaptive tools to cope and succeed in academic, socio-emotional, and professional fields.

Our clinical treatment approach is cooperation based. This ensures that both, you and your child meet our specialists who will lend you a helping hand to minimize your persisting symptoms.

Taking care of your mental health is one of the best ways of living a happy, healthy life. Our team consists of trained professionals who have years of experience and they’re just a phone call/email away. Feel free to contact us for appointments or personal consultation and we’ll do our part.