Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counselling in Vancouver
What is PTSD?
It’s natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear can trigger split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction to protect a person from harm. Many people who go throughtraumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms worsen, last for months or even years and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Signs & Symptoms of PTSD
It’s natural to have some of these symptoms for a few weeks after a dangerous event. When the symptoms last more than a month, seriously affect one’s ability to function, and are not due to substance use, medical illness, or anything except the event itself, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months. PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse or one or more types of anxiety disorders.
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