Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Dr. Marianne Rolland

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We now know that survivors of any major catastrophic event are likely experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Alaska Native service providers recognize that a high rate of their clientele are suffering. When a person has experienced or witnessed any form of intense trauma they may be suffering from PTSD.

Symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks about traumatic events
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Angry outbursts
  • Depression
  • Memory disturbances
  • Family discord
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or numbness
  • Repeated and disturbing memories and dreams of past stressful experiences
  • Physical reactions such as heart-pounding, trouble breathing or sweating when something triggers a stressful experience from the past
  • Avoidance of activities or situations because you are reminded of a traumatic experience
  • Trouble remembering
  • Loss of interest in things that once were enjoyed
  • Feeling distant or cut off from other people
  • Feeling as if somehow the future will be cut short
  • Being “super alert” or “watchfull and on guard”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelling jumpy or easily startled
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Intense fear of either men or women
  • Desire to physically hurt self
  • Unnecessary or over-frequent washing
  • Confusion about sexual feelings
  • Desire to physically hurt others
  • Feeling that you are not always in your body

PTSD is treatable and the majority of clients experience a full sense of recovery using methods practiced at the White Raven Center. The healing process requires that participants access stored emotions and memories, and through a guided process re-frame the traumatic experiences in a way that brings clarity and peaceful resolution.

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