PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.


PTSD can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.


Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include:

  • War

  • Natural disasters

  • Car or plane crashes

  • Terrorist attacks

  • Sudden death of a loved one

  • Rape

  • Kidnapping

  • Assault

  • Sexual or physical abuse

  • Childhood neglect




Trauma can take a huge emotional toll, whether it stems from a personal tragedy, a natural disaster, or violence. There is no right or wrong way to feel after traumatic events. But there are many strategies that can help you work through feelings of pain, fear, and grief and regain your emotional equilibrium. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday Awakenings Counseling Center can help you heal and move on, call today 847.363.0632 to connect with one our professionally licensed counselors