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Understanding the Symptoms: PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Signs and Symptoms You Should Know

Are you concerned that one of your family members or perhaps a friend may be struggling with PTSD? Every individual is different, but there are common signs and symptoms that the person of whom you are concerned may exhibit that could be indicative of a problem that needs treatment.


Do you have or have you experienced the following:
  • Been exposed to a traumatic event (e.g. domestic abuse, military deployment to a war zone, a major car accident, a natural disaster, etc) and responded with fear, helplessness, or horror? Did your perception of the event lead to these emotions?
  • Have flashbacks to previous sights or sounds, often interrupting your desired focus?
  • Experience moods or feelings that seem to take control of you, often without warning?
  • Nightmares and bad dreams that reoccur and are troubling?
  • Daydreaming that creates problems for concentration?
  • Particularly uncomfortable with certain activities, places, or people?
  • Feel uncomfortable discussing certain subjects?
  • Feel strange, not oneself, isolated or seriously misunderstood?
  • Unable to participate in desirable activities, sometimes without a clear reason as to why?
  • Have periods of blank memory related to childhood or other major life events?
  • Are you always hyper-alert?
  • Do you often experience an exaggerated startle response to things that should not alarm you?
  • Have unexplained times of being cranky, often without a clear reason?

NOTE: These symptoms should only be diagnosed by a Licensed Mental Health Provider or Physician.

Don't Delay - Take Action Today
Give us a call and set an appointment to speak with one of our clinicians to diagnose and treat your family member or friend. We welcome the chance to provide them with the expert assistance they need.

PTSD can be effectively treated with EMDR:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):

Ever feel a mood or feeling that just seems to overwhelm you and come out of no where? Whatever brought it on may be hard to identify, however, it may seem strangely familiar. You may have flashbacks to previous memories, sights, sounds or terrifying dreams. The thoughts or feelings, moods, or images may be so subtle they're hard to identify, yet they may be so clear you can point to some specific traumatic event(s) in your life. Even though they seem subtle, they may be so intrusive they diminish the quality of your work performance, home, social, or life in general. If so, you may be suffering from PTSD.

Persons who have experienced abuse (either as children or adults), serious illnesses (either as the patient or as a caregiver), or battlefield trauma during military service - all of these can cause these kind of symptoms. Other symptoms may include feeling strange, seriously misunderstood or isolated. Large numbers of depressed or anxious persons who seek therapy also suffer these kinds of symptoms. People who suffer from PTSD may avoid certain subjects, activities, places, or people because an encounter with them causes intense discomfort. They may be unable to recall certain times or events or often feel detached from the present. They may have difficulty falling or staying asleep. They may often feel irritable or have outbursts of anger. They ay have difficulty concentrating, always feel hyper-alert, or often have a startle response to that which should not otherwise be alarming.

Fortunately, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can usually be treated successfully. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly researched and often found to be the treatment of choice. Dr. Sabine Scoggins has undergone extensive training over several a period of several months in Bethesda, Maryland, in the use of EMDR. In her practice, she also integrates the use of electronic sensors that clients hold in their hands, as well as the clinical light bar that is used in the EMDR process. EMDR therapy often begins treatment by identifying and anchoring a safe, secure place for clients. One goal may be to help clients project these consolidated resources into expected times of challenge and to remain strong and symptom free. Another goal can be to neutralize frightening memories, images, feelings and moods so that they are no longer troublesome. This has proven remarkably effective in treating those who encountered trauma in their lives. We are here to help you, if you have encountered trauma in your life.

Don't delay. Get the help you need today! Call (865) 214-7584 to set an appointment.

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