How Do I Know if I Have PTSD?

It is important to understand that the only way to know for sure if someone has PTSD is through being officially diagnosed. It can be difficult for someone to know if they are actually experiencing PTSD or if there is a different reason for their symptoms and behavior. What you should make sure to do is avoid diagnosing yourself, and talk to an expert that can help make the decision on whether or not PTSD is an accurate diagnosis for you.

The reason why this is so important to trust experts in the area of diagnosing PTSD is because the therapy, counseling, and care that is required for PTSD victims is not exactly the same as it would be for other disorders. The reason that we have a complete PTSD recovery program at our facilities is because of how unique the issues surrounding PTSD are and we understand what is required to help.

If you are at the stage of trying to figure out if you are suffering from PTSD, or feel as though you may have symptoms that are related to trauma, the first thing that you need to do is call and learn more about getting an evaluation. If you have been suffering from symptoms like anxiety, depression, difficulty controlling your emotions, strong reactions to stress and noise that were not present previously, then you need to speak with a professional to find out more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and if the treatments we offer are right for you.

A common result of trauma and the PTSD it causes is that you may feel as though there is no point in trying to get help and live a healthy life because of how it has consumed you. We guarantee truth when we tell you that this is not your living truth. You have so much value to your life and we want to help you find a way to resolve the effects of trauma in order to free you to live your best life. It may be difficult for you to explain to the people in your life why your actions have changed, why sleeping is more difficult, and why you do not feel comfortable in crowded rooms, but at our recovery center, we understand these feelings and thoughts because we work with others who experience them every single day.

If you have noticed that your moods are not the same as they were in the past, that you have difficulty completing tasks that used to, or that you feel the need to abuse substances just to survive, then give us a call today to learn more about PTSD and the care that we can provide. Many times those who ask, “Do I have PTSD?” find that they do indeed have it and need help with their recovery. The only way that you can know for sure to begin your path to healing, is to get a professional evaluation, which our incredible staff can help you get today.

What is the Cause of PTSD?

There is a simple and a more complicated answer to the question of, “What causes PTSD?”. The simple answer is, PTSD is caused by experienced trauma. Extremely negative experiences that leave a lasting negative emotional feeling with a person are called traumatic experiences and they are at the root of PTSD for each and every person. These events can change the way that your brain makes neural connections, which then changes the way that your brain works, thus, causing the symptoms of PTSD. 

There are several ways that people can experience trauma in their lives. For some people, trauma happens because of a one time catastrophic event that leaves a lasting mark, for others trauma is endured slowly over a period of years and the collective effect is what causes the PTSD. Either way, it is important to understand these root causes of PTSD and be able to recognize where the trauma in your own life is present so that you can get help through our PTSD treatment program.

We can start by looking at one of the most obvious and widely talked about forms of trauma, violence. Violence is an example of experienced trauma that has caused PTSD. You may have heard stories about a friend or family member that served in the armed forces and was not the same once they returned home. Witnessing or being a part of extremely violent situations is often a source of trauma that causes PTSD. If you have been witness to or a victim of violence and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD then you need to call us today to find out what ways we can help you get an official diagnosis and get you the treatment that you need.

Another way that trauma is experienced is through emotional abuse. This may be more difficult to notice than other forms because it is not necessarily visible the way that physical violence and abuse are. However, if someone is emotionally abused, or mistreated verbally over a long period of time, it can create the exact same reaction in the brain that violence and physical abuse create. This may be caused by experiences from childhood or from an emotionally abusive situation that occurs in adulthood.

Finally, physical abuse and sexual abuse are causes of trauma for people that can lead to PTSD. If you have been a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse, it is important that you know that your physical injuries may not be the only issue. Finding healing from these traumatic events is vital to your freedom to live and be happy and healthy. You are a survivor and we want to help you thrive in your life.

Focusing On Trauma and Not Just Symptoms of PTSD

When understanding PTSD, it is important to take into account the trauma that was experienced, not simply focus in on the symptoms that are exhibited. If you have been asking, “Do I have PTSD?”, then we encourage you to understand that your experiences with trauma have serious effects on the way that your brain operates. A common effect of PTSD is the use of substances to deal with the effects of the trauma. This can create dependencies on certain substances that may appear to many as the actual source of the problem, but with PTSD the problem lies at the root of trauma, not the substance.

You may feel that other people in your life do not understand what you are going through, which may be true. There is not enough public education on the effects of trauma and the symptoms that are present with PTSD, which is why we provide trauma informed care for those that have symptoms of PTSD. Our understanding that this is not your fault and that your brain can be mended from past trauma is what allows our clients to feel safe as they come to us for treatment.

If you have been struggling with substance abuse in order to handle the stress, anxiety, and depression that you experienced as a result of a traumatic event, then you can find the counseling and therapy that you need with us. Our counselors understand that victims of traumatic events and those that suffer from PTSD are not choosing to have these experiences. When you come to us, we know that you recognize your need for help and we make sure that all of our staff avoids the shaming rhetoric that many people use surrounding addiction.

While substance abuse is a problem that needs to be solved, it is not always the substance or the addiction that is the root of the issue. Those who have PTSD may not realize that their trauma is what lead them to the use of certain substances in the first place, but we have experts that know this to be true. When you come to our drug & alcohol treatment facility, we want to ensure that you feel safe and that you know that recovery from this trauma is truly possible. There is no more need for guilt and shame surrounding your actions, because through honesty and proven treatment techniques, you can take back control of your happiness and well-being.

One of the most difficult things to move past is the feeling of hopelessness that trauma creates. We understand that you have likely made an effort many times to move past the symptoms caused by PTSD and it may seem hopeless on many occasions, but our team is here to help you feel safe and understood as you enter treatment. We know those feelings of despair are there, but you have made a giant step by coming to us, and we fully intend to help you love and live your best life.

Understanding Your Brain and How to Heal from Trauma

Did you know that your brain has a specific system for responding to stress? In order to keep you safe, your brain processes threats and helps you to evaluate them. However, when we experience trauma, it changes the way that our brains process stressful situations, and can create the hyperactive responses that are present in people that suffer from PTSD. It is not something that you may even be aware of as it is happening, but the effects of the trauma on your brain are real and it can lead to destructive behavioral patterns without you understanding why.

One of the biggest ways we help those who are asking, “Do I have PTSD?”, is by removing the stigma from the conversation. You may think back on the events that traumatized you and feel that you should have done something differently. It is common for survivors of abuse to feel that in some way the events were their own fault. However, you are a survivor, and you should feel proud of yourself. The trauma that you experienced is not your fault, and healing from it is possible. When you can begin to see the ways that PTSD therapy and counseling can retrain your mind and make new healthy connections in your brain, you will start to feel hopeful again. Things that once seemed unmanageable will become possible again. The first step is understanding that you are not the problem and that we can work to solve the problem with you.

It may feel overwhelming right now, but through our trauma recovery program you will begin to understand that you can forgive yourself and that you truly can thrive once again. While it may feel hopeless when you are seemingly trapped in behavioral patterns you do not like, it is vital that you know healing is possible and that you do not need to feel ashamed. So often, people with symptoms of PTSD do not realize that the root cause of their actions is their trauma and they then place more blame on themselves for all of their behaviors. However, when you begin to understand that your brain needs to heal, the same way that any other part of your body heals after it has been damaged, then you can take steps towards real change in your life.

What the trauma informed care for PTSD and substance abuse we provide clears a way for you to free yourself from guilt and become the productive and healthy person you are meant to be. For some time now you may have felt that the only relief from your stress, depression, and anxiety is in the substances that bring temporary relief. However, we want to show you a path towards long-term health and happiness.

If you have been struggling with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are looking for a facility that can help, then give us a call to get more information today. (949) 386-2715