Chronic Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a subtype of PTSD that occurs when symptoms last for more than three months after a traumatic event. It can happen when a person has experienced multiple traumatic events or when the traumatic event is particularly severe or prolonged. Chronic PTSD can have a significant impact on a person's life, affecting their relationships, work, and overall well-being.
Recurrent and distressing memories, dreams, or flashbacks of the traumatic event
Intense distress when exposed to reminders of the traumatic event
Avoidance of people, places, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event
Negative changes in mood and cognition, such as feeling guilty, ashamed, or having a lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Increased arousal and reactivity, such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, and difficulty concentrating
These symptoms can occur for months or even years after the traumatic event
Chronic PTSD can be caused by multiple traumatic events or a particularly severe or prolonged traumatic event.
It can also be caused by a lack of effective treatment after the initial trauma.
The most effective treatment for chronic PTSD is a combination of therapy and medication.
Therapy can help you identify the underlying causes of your PTSD and teach you coping skills to manage your symptoms.
Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can help to balance the chemicals in your brain that affect mood and reduce symptoms of PTSD.
Trauma-focused therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are evidence-based treatment options for PTSD
It is important to work with a mental health professional to find the best treatment plan for your individual needs.
At Global Therapy Inc., our experienced therapists specialize in helping individuals with chronic PTSD.
Book an appointment and start on your journey to better mental health. We are here to support you and provide the tools and resources you need to manage your chronic PTSD and improve your overall well-being.