PTSD and How Grouport Treats It

Have you ever seen someone get seriously injured?

Have you witnessed a violent crime or been a victim to one yourself?

These events, among many others, contribute significantly to trauma reactions in your mind and body and can, in some cases, lead to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition in which an individual has difficulty going back to normal living after they witness or experience a traumatic event. For many people, this diagnosis will come with a need for trauma therapy.

The aftermath of a terrifying event may last weeks, months, or years, with constant memory triggers bringing on intense emotional pain and physical reactions. Signs of trauma and PTSD include avoidance, nightmares, depression, anxiety, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and lack of sleep.

For instance, the pandemic and the resulting consequences were restrictive and annoying for some, but a horrific nightmare for others. Many people lost their husbands, daughters, grandparents, coworkers, friends, and colleagues abruptly due to the virus. 

The natural grief that follows is a normal response to loss. Experiencing grief and sadness after a loss is a normal, healthy reaction, but it’s when that grief cannot be healed over time, interferes with daily life, or worsens over time that it becomes linked to PTSD and the need for therapy for trauma comes into question.

How can PTSD be treated?

Therapy is one of the best resources for trauma healing and people with PTSD. In group therapy, an individual can share their thoughts and struggles with a few peers who have also experienced a loss or a traumatic event. Therapeutic bonding, reassurance of safety, and a heightened sense of awareness are all benefits of choosing group treatment for PTSD therapy.

Grouport’s techniques, for example, fall under the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) umbrella. Our methods include Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Stress Inoculation Training (SIT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD therapy.

How do I know if I have PTSD?

For many people, PTSD symptoms begin almost immediately after the traumatic event. For others, the trauma can stay dormant and repressed for months or even years.

Flashbacks and nightmares are examples of ways that the trauma can work its way back to the front of a person’s mind, even if they don’t want it to. While flashbacks and nightmares are mental and emotional, stomach pain and headaches are physical reactions to the stress of holding onto trauma and not seeking proper treatment.

This is why some people find avoidance to be a short-term solution to their trauma and pain. If someone avoids all reminders of the experience, they feel as if it will help them move on faster.

Symptoms of PTSD can be characterized as follows:

1. Cognition and mood - shame, guilt, hopelessness about the future, low self-image, memory lapses

2. Avoidance - of certain people, places, or objects that remind a person of the event

3. Reactivity - Jumpy or easily startled, constantly alert or on guard with a fear of impending danger

4. Intrusion - unmanageable, repetitive thoughts of the trauma like in nightmares or flashbacks

Grouport can treat PTSD with cognitive behavioral interventions during online group therapy sessions. You can even participate from the comfort of your own home!

Click our PTSD page to learn more about our trauma therapy treatment options.

December 13, 2021

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