"We must all see scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying.
A scar means, I survived." -Little Bee
Since your traumatic experience do things feel off? You just can’t get your life back to what it once was?
You can no longer picture your future? Anxiety rules your life?
You are not alone.
Anyone can develop into PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, survivors of physical and sexual assault, survivors of birth trauma, rape, childhood abuse, car accidents, disasters, medical malpractice and other serious events.
Sometimes PTSD develops without a direct life threatening event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed and sometimes what starts out as a normal birth or delivery turns into a traumatic experience.
Below are reactions people exposed to trauma often have. These reactions are normal human responses to abnormal situations and events.
- Vivid nightmares, flashbacks and/or thoughts in which you feel as if the event is occurring all over again.
- Feelings of shock, fear, disbelief, "how did this happen" or "how did this happen to me" are normal thoughts. Many people feel helpless, highly anxious, and defeated.
- Your beliefs about yourself and the world may have changed. Common thoughts include: I am going crazy, there is something wrong with me, this would not have happened to someone else, the world is not safe, people can not be trusted, and I am a bad person. All these thoughts are untrue.
- You may have unexplained body aches and pains, sudden sweating, racing heart, depression and/or anxiety.
These feelings are normal responses to trauma however you do not have to live with these feelings forever. With effective therapy and counseling you can feel better quickly and have your life back. Call me for a phone consultation. Together we can determine of PTSD treatment is right for you.
Dahlia Rizk, MA, LCMHC
Choices Counseling of Londonderry
80 Nashua Road Suite B2
Londonderry, NH 03053