Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York



PTSD and Treatment Decision

By:  Judith Gringorten, LCSWR, ACSW, DCSW

Trauma refers to an event in someone's life that is shocking to them in a painful and profound way.

It can happen to a person of any age and can intensely impact their life, making them feel overwhelmed and powerless.

Many people "recover" with no mental health help, or ideally, seek help not long after the event occurs. But for some the trauma is too difficult to bear and they file it away and try to forget it happened. Unfortunately for most people who try to cope in this fashion they find avoidance ultimately does not work. These people think the memories have been dealt with satisfactorily-but find that the nightmares, fears, intrusive thoughts and sadness just don't go away. The aftermath of such trauma is referred to as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If anyone reading this article feels they may suffer from PTSD, please read this informative excerpt from the Veterans Administration on the topic of PTSD and how it can help with the decision-making process in seeking help.

I invite you to peruse our website as we are very fortunate to have many therapists trained in various treatment techniques which are described in the article on the Veteran's Administration's website.

I also invite your comments or questions. Please see below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Click on this link for the Veteran's Administration's article.
www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/Decisionaid/introduction.aspx