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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Taking the First Step to Healing


Imagine a life where every day feels like a battle, where simple joys are overshadowed by a constant sense of exhaustion and unease. This is the reality for many grappling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. The month of June is National PTSD Awareness Month, with June 27th also recognizing National PTSD Awareness Day. 

PTSD doesn’t discriminate. It’s a relentless force, often triggered by memories that strike without warning. From witnessing harrowing events like public shootings to enduring the trauma of abuse or war, PTSD can affect even the strongest people. The effects are far-reaching, impacting relationships, emotions, and daily functioning. Intrusive memories can overcome the person’s thoughts, making it a struggle to focus on anything else. Relationships may suffer as unresolved trauma manifests in unexpected ways, from physical reactions to emotional withdrawal.

Understanding the complexities of PTSD is important. Triggers can be found in our daily surroundings and they can cause a range of emotions and reactions. However, sometimes it can be difficult for individuals to identify the source of their emotional reactions, which can result in misplaced blame or confusion.

People may resort to avoidance as a way of coping and numb themselves to the pain or dissociate from reality entirely. As a result, hypervigilance sets in, and individuals remain in a constant state of alertness, which can be exhausting for both the body and mind. The world can become a distorted landscape filled with negative beliefs and distorted perceptions.

Dealing with PTSD can be challenging, especially when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships. Mood swings, irritability, and a sense of detachment can cause individuals with PTSD to push their loved ones away, leaving them feeling alone and misunderstood.

However, there is always hope. With proper support from therapists, friends, and family, healing is possible. Mental health professionals can provide the necessary tools to help individuals navigate through the difficult times, regain control of their lives, and rebuild meaningful connections.

At Beverly Hills Therapy Group, we understand the complexities of PTSD and offer a safe space for healing. Our therapists are here to guide you towards recovery, offering compassionate support and evidence-based treatments to help you regain control of your life.

If you or someone you love lives with PTSD, don’t suffer in silence. Reach out for help today and take the first step towards healing. You or your loved one deserve to live a life free from the grip of trauma.

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