PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms
Trauma-Informed Therapy Techniques
Post-traumatic stress disorder- Triggers
How are people diagnosed with PTSD?
My name is Mateja Petje. Welcome to my blog about PTSD, Disorders and its diagnosis. The title of this particular blog is called “PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms“. Now the reason I wrote this blog about PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms is there are several key points specifically about disorders, PTSD, PTSD triggers, and its diagnosis I want to make here. Additionally, I want to discuss exactly what it means to suffer from PTSD itself as in my case.
Also, I want to discuss how you can get diagnosed with PTSD as well. There are several other reasons I wrote this blog too. First, there are so many war veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that really need our help. Then, there are the above-average incidents of shootings. Specifically, I’m referring to the recent shooting close to my home, in Parkland, Fl. So I decided to write this article. One reason of course also was in order to bring some clarity as to what PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms are and also to offer some suggestions as to how it can be treated.
PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms- Abuse
Please understand that there is no one correct treatment. I base this conclusion on my own personal experience of having suffered significant trauma which was a result of all types of abuse. This occurred during my childhood and adolescence and even later on in my adult life. For example, I have experienced trauma related to being in abusive relationships. Frankly, I had experienced nightmares and some flashbacks for as long as I can remember.
PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms- Defined
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association revised the PTSD diagnostic criteria in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; 1). PTSD is included in a new category in DSM-5, Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders. Full copyrighted criteria are available from the American Psychiatric Association (1). Here I am just listing a few.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Getting Help
Remember the information in this blog should serve as a guideline. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend that if you feel that you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that you consult a licensed clinician or a psychologist.
To be diagnosed, the person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, or similar, including any kind of abuse or domestic violence, experiencing it directly or indirectly by observing it.
Typical PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, emotional distress, and intrusive thoughts. For example, for years following the abuse, I would have continued nightmares and I also developed sensitivity to criticism and aversion to anybody talking loudly. I would experience physical sensations, such as vomiting or an upset stomach. Basically, I developed a trigger and in this case, it was a loud voice.
PTSD- Exposure to Violence
Another example would be in the case of people that were exposed to violence. This would include shootings and guns, where they develop emotional distress with ANY loud noises that resemble a gunshot. It can take years to heal and do not experience emotional distress when the trigger presents itself.
For a person to meet the criteria for PTSD, the symptoms need to last at least a month and they also experience distress and functional impairment in several key areas of life such as social and occupational.
Link to Veterans Affairs website
To learn more here is a link to the Veterans Affairs website Click here for PTSD Overview VA website
I hope this was helpful to you. Please don’t suffer in silence. There is no shame in seeking help. Feel free to schedule a confidential phone consultation at 561-299-1028. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog “PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms”. Leave us a comment and share this blog with someone you love!
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Treatment
So what can we do about it?
1. Most of all know that you are not alone! What helped me most is to seek the support of friends who normalized my feelings. In addition that what I was experiencing was not the norm. My boyfriend’s family was nothing like my own where I experienced joy and laughter. Not abuse and tension which was the norm in my family when I was an adolescent.
2. I also worked with several therapists, coaches, and healers. This was where I learned how to identify my triggers and how to manage my emotions and “rewrite my story”. One approach that was helpful with a pervasive memory of being severely beaten was finding a therapist that was trained in EMDR. After a few sessions, I was able to tell my story without crying and I was able to emotionally detach from the incident.
PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms- Treatment
However, the approach that finally started to help me in stopping intrusive and limiting thoughts and beliefs is when I learned and received training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). In essence, this approach focuses on the linguistic and how we store and process memories.
I have been able to start understanding that my negative programming was due to being exposed to abuse and trauma that colored my world. See I saw the world as a threat and subconsciously sought experiences and people that confirmed that my world was not a safe place and that people cannot be trusted. Only when I started changing my beliefs did my life and my well-being begin to improve.
PTSD Support Group
3. Join a PTSD Support Group. Other people who have gone through similar experiences can not only offer validation but you will also feel understood. Not many people (including some therapists) really understood why I was not able to get better. This is in spite of years of therapy and medication. Medication can be helpful in the initial stages, but the key is to understand the root causes and how your beliefs and thoughts contribute to the disorder.
4. Do journaling. When we are overwhelmed with thoughts it’s key that we find healthy ways to manage them and get them out of our heads. This is a terrific way to help to manage your PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms.
5. Learn stress management and breathing techniques. I think meditation literally saved my life. I studied different modalities including mindfulness, zen, guided meditation, and meditation based on a mantra. See the Art of Living Foundation. I was able to heal insomnia and significantly reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.
Complex PTSD- My Ideal Clients
I want to talk for a moment about who is an ideal client for me. It is important to receive the proper care for your situation. So let me explain in more detail my specialty.
My ideal clients are adults who had experienced childhood abuse, trauma, challenging relationships, depression, and anxiety. This still affects their lives. The medical term for this is now known as “Complex PTSD“. My philosophy is to equip my clients with top behavioral techniques. They can use these techniques to manage stress and daily challenges and PTSD Diagnosis Symptoms as well.
My motto is “From victimhood to reclaiming your Authentic Self.” To help my clients even further I assist them in their efforts to reach effective, short-term goals. I do this by providing a safe, healing place for my clients to share their concerns. I work with adults only in individual sessions.
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” Blog
In the past, I wrote a blog specifically about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” Blog by Mateja Petje. I think the information within that blog would be very helpful to you. So I have provided a link so you can access that particular blog.
Holistic Psychotherapy Blog Resources
I constantly publish different Blogs on various topics you might find beneficial. What I’ve done on this particular web page is to include some quick links to Blogs you should read. These are Blogs I’ve authored that address exactly the topics you’re exploring. Whether that is PTSD, or PTSD diagnosis, trauma, anxiety, depression, tapping, EFT, energy medicine, stress, or for example hiring a Life Coach.
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