At Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) we are interested in your psychological well-being, in addition to your physical recovery from trauma. Many trauma survivors will experience reactions during and after the traumatic event that concern them. This is especially true when you think your life or others’ lives are in danger. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one particular difficulty that can occur following traumatic life events. On average, about 7-8% of the population in the U.S. will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
It is normal for these symptoms to improve slowly after a traumatic event. If they worsen or do not naturally reduce, seek professional support to help address these symptoms.
Anyone who has been exposed, witnessed, or survived a traumatic event can go on to develop symptoms of PTSD. Examples include:
PTSD is a very treatable condition although it may seem painful to address. Since memories cannot be erased, the focus on treatment is on processing the associated emotions systematically and managing the response to the traumatic memories. There are several different types of evidence-based interventions proven to reduce distress and to decrease the impact symptoms have on daily activities. To schedule an appointment with a mental health professional specially trained in helping people recovery from trauma, PTSD, and related difficulties, speak with your healthcare provider or call the Trauma Center at 808-691-8885.
Recovering from PTSD is a deliberate, ongoing daily process. Finding healthy self-care and coping strategies is one way to improve your recovery.