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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Many people have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress, especially as it can affect war veterans, natural disaster survivors, crime victims, or survivors of vehicle accidents. You don't have to fight in an overseas battle or crash your car to suffer from PTSD. You don't even have to leave the house. Untreated PTSD can interfere with your ability to work, can disrupt relationships, and make it difficult to enjoy any aspect of your life. Dr. Lubell practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), along with other therapies, to alleviate the symptoms of this debilitating condition, so you can live a fulfilled life. There is a great deal of research demonstrating the effectiveness of EMDR in treating PTSD. (See EMDR section.)

Do you have nightmares? Or flashbacks while you are awake, where you feel like you or reliving some part of a terrifying event? Do you startle easily, or feel like you are always on alert? These are some of the "hyper-arousal" signs of PTSD. You might have the "hypo-arousal" signs, where you feel as if you are numb or withdrawn.

Post-traumatic stress is a condition where the body's natural, useful warning system, which signals danger, has gotten overwhelmed and confused. The body, and mind, acts as if there is constant danger, remains in a high state of anxiety, and then may alternatively go numb from emotional and physical exhaustion. This numbness is also an attempt to escape the anxiety at the feelings underneath.

What causes PTSD? The trauma is some kind of inescapable threat. For veterans, it is the violence of war. For crime or accident survivors, it is the out of control circumstance of the experience. First responders such as firefighters, paramedics, and police can be traumatized by danger to themselves and those around them.

For survivors of rape, incest, or child physical or emotional abuse, the trauma is often inflicted by someone who was known and trusted, someone who should have been a protector. This adds an especially painful and complex emotional aspect to the trauma. Survivors of child abuse often have great difficulty trusting anyone and may struggle with anger and sadness. Or, they may try to avoid feeling.

Dr. Lubell has over thirty years of experience helping people to recover from child abuse and other traumatic experiences so they can reclaim their lives.