The signs of PTSD can appear anywhere from a few months to a few years after a traumatic event.
 
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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops in some individuals who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, during which they were harmed or were at risk of incurring serious danger. It is common to feel a wide range of powerful emotions and to require a coping and adjustment period after surviving a traumatic event. With time, most people recover naturally from the strong feelings and reactions that follow a traumatic event. However, people struggling with PTSD experience long-term issues – such as anxiety, nightmares, and flashbacks – caused by their experienced trauma.


Signs of PTSD?

The signs of PTSD can appear anywhere from a few months to a few years after a traumatic event. While most individuals who experience a traumatic event require time to recover, those struggling with PTSD experience extreme difficulties caused by the trauma that persist for months after the event. The signs of this disorder include the following PTSD symptoms:
         • Prolonged guilt
         • Restlessness
         • Anxiety
         • Anger
         • Flashbacks
         • Nightmares
         • Insomnia
         • Consistent startled responses
         • Irritability
         • Extreme loneliness
         • Inability to emotionally connect with others
         • Troubles with concentration

If left untreated, PTSD can cause a gamut of negative effects in one’s life. PTSD can change the quality of one’s relationships with friends, family, and intimate partners. PTSD symptoms can disrupt one’s ability to perform at work. The disorder can leave individuals feeling confused and distraught about foundational thoughts, such as knowing that life has meaning. People with PTSD may even harm themselves or others.


PTSD Treatment In Chicago?

PTSD affects everyone differently, making it incredibly important to seek individualized PTSD treatment in order to overcome the disorder. The experienced mental healthcare professionals at Clarity Clinic provide personalized psychotherapy to individuals struggling with PTSD. We offer a comprehensive approach to Chicago PTSD treatment, utilizing talk therapy and medication management to help individuals work through the disorder and its symptoms. To get help coping with a traumatic life event and its effects, schedule an appointment at Clarity Clinic’s Chicago psychiatry and therapy office today.