women suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after someone experiences a traumatic event that caused intense fear, helplessness or horror. Victims of crime (especially violent crime) as well as those who have participated in war are often sufferers of this disease.

Trauma, and its effects, can be downplayed by society – but the fact is that 5 in 10 women will experience a traumatic event. Not only are women more likely to experience trauma, they experience different forms of trauma than men, and are more than twice as likely to develop PTSD.

Women can experience trauma from sexual assault, childhood neglect or abuse, domestic violence, or the sudden loss of a loved one. No matter the cause, there is hope. Our PTSD treatment center for women offers a sanctuary where you can work through the cause of PTSD and learn how to overcome the trauma, and learn healthy coping skills. Speak with our admissions counselors to learn about our personalized PTSD treatment options.

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Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People with PTSD persistently re-experience the traumatic event. They isolate themselves from people, thoughts or circumstances related to the traumatic event and may experience the following symptoms:

  • Nightmares
  • Surges in heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety and jumpiness
  • Irritability
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Avoiding thought and feelings
  • Avoiding situations related to the trauma
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
 

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Using Substance Abuse as a Coping Mechanism for PTSD

Substance abuse is not uncommon for individuals with PTSD. Oftentimes, people affected by PTSD attempt to numb their emotions and feelings by self-medicating, or turning to drugs and/or alcohol to keep their mind off their traumatic experience. In fact, 27.9 percent of women with PTSD ended up using drugs and alcohol, and five out of ten women will experience a traumatic event in their life. The most common cause of PTSD in women is sexual assault or sexual abuse in childhood.

When PTSD is accompanied by substance abuse or addiction to drugs, the sufferer should seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder as soon as possible. Some good ideas to help with PTSD are to find a therapist that specializes in PTSD and substance abuse, join a trauma support group and find a peer mentor. Destination Hope can help you or your loved one with each of these solutions, which will help put the traumatic event to rest and allow your loved one regain normalcy in her life.

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