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Developing PTSD After Becoming a Victim of a Crime

by on Sunday, July 11th, 2021

When one thinks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they probably think of someone who has served in the U.S. military, most often in a combat zone, served as a law enforcement officer, or even a firefighter. While many people in these professions might develop PTSD, one can develop PTSD following almost any situation, including being a victim in a mass shooting or some other kind of violent crime. 

How Does One Know if They Have PTSD? 

Symptoms can manifest in several different ways, including flashbacks of the event or events, feelings of anxiety, and having obsessive thoughts about the event(s). Other symptoms can include:

  • Avoiding contact with people, places, or activities that are reminders of the event
  • Sleeplessness
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling jumpy or anxious
  • Being irritable or quick to anger
  • Depression
  • Aggression

Someone living with PTSD may also develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol as they try to cope with these symptoms. 

If someone believes they have PTSD, they can ask their healthcare professional for a PTSD screening. Then, based on the results, a treatment plan can be determined.

Treatment Can Vary  

PTSD may be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Trauma-focused psychotherapies are the most highly recommended type of treatment for PTSD. Trauma-focused means that the treatment focuses on the memory of the traumatic event or its meaning. These treatments use different techniques to help you process your traumatic experience. 

When being treated for PTSD — no matter the cause — it is essential to follow your physician or therapist’s treatment plan. It’s also advisable that you not be alone any more than necessary until your treatment starts to take effect. Schedule time with friends, maybe even have a friend spend the night with you. You can even join a sports league or other community group. When struggling with PTSD, it is crucial to be around others as much as possible. 

Above all, make sure any therapist you start treatment with is licensed, has a good track record of successfully treating clients with PTSD, and is available.

If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a traumatic event of some kind and possibly suffers from PTSD, it is essential to get the best treatment possible. At Restorations Therapy in Colorado, we have professional counselors trained to diagnose and treat people living with PTSD. Our staff can help develop the right treatment plan for their situation. To see how we can best help you, call us today at (720) 446-6585. We are available to help and look forward to being of assistance to you.

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