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Extreme Stress and Trauma

People who live with the aftermath of overwhelming stress, grief, and loss often experience traumatic stress reactions. 

You may have experienced the loss of a​ loved one, domestic violence, or have ongoing job stressors such as those experienced by first responders.

Initial reactions to trauma can include exhaustion, confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, numbness, confusion, and shock. These are normal and serve as our body's natural reaction to often abnormal circumstances. However, short and long term exposure to traumatic stressors may become worse if left untreated.

Symptoms of PTSD May Include: 

Reliving the event (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts or triggers)

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

Negative changes in beliefs and feelings about oneself and others

Increased startle response or hypervigilance

Feelings of worthlessness, shame, and guilt

Emotional distancing, numbing, or disconnecting

Heightened emotional responses, such as impulsivity or aggressiveness

Persistent difficulties in sustaining relationships

Trauma symptoms may be different for each individual and often begin soon after the event(s) or can be delayed and/or persist for months or years after the event has passed.

If symptoms are causing you distress or interfering with your work or home life, Pathways to Peace is here to help...

For more information or to request a consultation, call us at 407-867-1368.

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