old man and his female counselor

What is PTSD:

It is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, war/combat, rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury.

People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch.


CBT Therapy is one technique used for PTSD to help change your thought patterns about the trauma you have experienced. CBT’s goal is to decrease the occurrence of nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia. The goal is to identify where your fears are coming from and help you talk about your trauma. This allows you to finally process what has happened so that you may move to the next stage of your recovery. Self-esteem that is often damaged during the traumatic event is often Improved in the process.