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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known as PTSD, affects many people. It is estimated that it affects 8% of the Canadian population, although these numbers may be low considering the recent expansion of the defining characteristics of PTSD with the release of the DSM-V, which is the guiding manual for diagnosing mental health. If you believe you are suffering from PTSD, Serenity Now Wellness is here for you. Serenity Now Wellness can help you discover the many tools and resources you need to move through PTSD and live your best life. Working in our supportive environment with our committed team of Calgary Mental Health Professionals, you will be on your way to experiencing “Serenity Now.”

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

When someone goes through a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, fighting in a war, or watching someone die in front of them, they may struggle to ever get over it. While a period of uneasiness and anxiety is normal following a traumatic event, these feelings eventually fade. However, not everyone can or is able to move past what happened to them. Their preoccupation may become obsessive; they may experience intense depression and have physical reactions when they remember what happened. When these things happen and linger on, there is a good chance a person has developed PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

You Do Not Need to Suffer Alone

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

PTSD is a serious mental condition that should be treated, or it can spiral out of control and have dire consequences. For many years, it was believed that PTSD existed only for those who were involved in situations where their life was threatened, such as those involved in crimes or after serving in the war. However, many people may experience some of the symptoms of PTSD from circumstances that felt threatening. Individuals can even experience trauma symptoms after hearing that a loved one was affected by a traumatic experience.

Symptoms common to PTSD include:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Angry outbursts
  • Attempts to avoid reminders about the event
  • Blaming yourself for things that were outside of your control
  • Startling easily
  • Feeling constantly “on guard”
  • Symptoms will need to have persisted for at least a month or more to meet the criteria of PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

Treatment for PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Serenity Now Wellness Center | Integrated Physical & Mental Wellness Centre | Calgary

Because PTSD has both physiological and emotional symptoms, it is important to work on strategies that address both mind and body. Some of the things that may be important to address include grounding strategies, relaxation strategies, as well as addressing any negative thoughts related to the trauma. When beginning talk therapy, the goal is to:

  • Decrease or get rid of your PTSD symptoms
  • Provide you with the right tools to manage your symptoms
  • Bring back your confidence and self-esteem

If you are wondering if you are experiencing PTSD, you might want to consider meeting with a psychologist to assess whether there is reason for concern. Then you can work with your psychologist to create a treatment plan that will serve you best to create healing.

If you are a Veteran who believes you may be experiencing PTSD, we are a preferred provider for Veteran Affairs, and you may not have to worry about any out-of-pocket expenses.

At Serenity Now Wellness, our team of psychologists, mental health counselors, massage therapists, and nutritionists are dedicated to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment that supports your efforts in overcoming PTSD. Working together, we can enable you to navigate a variety of issues that may be affecting your health and wellbeing. If you have any questions about PTSD, or you would like to set up an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at (403) 454-7600 and we will be happy to help.

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