We’ve all experienced the feeling of fear, from a dream, a surprise or a real-life worry. These feelings, however, pass and we return to our non-anxious, hypervigilant state. In PTSD, however, the individual has experienced a life-threatening or highly traumatic event that they keep re-experiencing. This can come in the form of nightmares, night terrors, flashbacks, or constant worry/thinking about the event. It can keep the person in a constant state of worry or “edginess,” which interrupts our mood, sleep, concentration and overall stress levels. Sometimes, the feelings are so overwhelming they cause people to “numb” out all feelings, good or bad, which can lead to depression or suicidal feelings. Alcohol, drugs, anger outbursts and suicidal ideation often become ways to cope with PTSD. Sometimes this causes a misdiagnosis, because the addition or substance abuse is identified, but the trauma piece is missed.

How is PTSD treated?

At Shift, we use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and our philosophy to educate the client about where their thoughts, feelings and emotional responses come from. Then, we go a step further, into the bi-lateral stimulation reprocessing portion, which clears out the beliefs that re-activate the trauma and clients are left with symptoms removed, rather than just managed.

Shift Psychological has a number of licensed psychologists who specialize in PTSD treatment techniques. Call one of our offices today in order to book an appointment. We have offices in Calgary: 587.352.6463 and in Edmonton: 780.705.6463.


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