Women struggling with PTSD can experience debilitating symptoms that interfere with daily life. It can make them be in constant fight-or-flight mode. Always being on edge and alert for danger can be mentally and physically exhausting. It can also lead to abusing drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.
But PTSD doesn’t have to control your life. Seeking help from a PTSD treatment center can help you recover. At Lightwork Therapy and Recovery, we understand women’s unique challenges after a traumatic event.
Our compassionate treatment team provides personalized treatment plans and care to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Our women’s PTSD treatment includes:
- Targeted therapies
- Relaxation and holistic techniques
- Peer support
If you are tired of quietly struggling with PTSD, take the first step and contact us today.
Feeling anxious, upset, or frightened is normal after a traumatic event. These feelings often start to fade days and weeks after the event. But for some people, these symptoms can become serious.
Men and women often struggle with the same symptoms of PTSD. However, there are some symptoms of PTSD that women struggle with more.
Commonly shared symptoms of PTSD include:
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Avoiding situations that bring up memories of the event
- Negative thoughts that interfere with daily life
- Feeling jittery, nervous, or tense
- Self-destructive behavior
A core symptom of PTSD is avoidance. This involves emotional avoidance, which includes thoughts and feelings that remind a woman of the traumatic event. It can also include behavioral avoidance, which is characterized by avoiding people, places, and other triggers.
Hyperarousal, a key symptom of PTSD, involves a heightened state of anxiety. Symptoms include:
- Excessive startle reflex
- Trouble sleeping
- Problems concentrating
- Panic attacks
Research has found women who develop PTSD after military service have higher hyperarousal than men.
A major symptom of PTSD is re-experiencing the traumatic event. This includes having frequent thoughts about the trauma, having nightmares, and having flashbacks, making it feel like the event is happening again.
This symptom can be frightening because people often cannot recognize it isn’t happening. They may have emotional and physical responses. Research shows women often experience this more than men.
Women struggling with PTSD may shut down when they are overwhelmed or highly distressed. This can involve:
- Feeling detached from others
- Lacking emotions
- Losing interest in things or people
- Trouble feeling positive
- Social isolation
PTSD is unique because it affects everyone differently. For example, the majority of people don’t experience any symptoms. Symptoms can be immediate or begin gradually over time. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should speak to your doctor or a PTSD treatment center.
Although there isn’t a cure for mental illness, a PTSD treatment program can help you process your traumatic experience and develop healthy coping techniques to alleviate symptoms.
However, everyone’s experiences and treatment needs are unique. At Lightwork Therapy and Recovery, we create personalized treatment plans for each woman who enters a treatment program. Every treatment plan addresses the woman’s specific concerns and goals in recovery.
Common PTSD treatment center programs include psychotherapy or talk therapy and medication-assisted treatment. Women work with their doctors to find the right medications to help manage their symptoms. Doctors may also use medications to help with sleep and irritability.
At Lightwork, we offer various forms of outpatient treatments. No matter which program works best for you, they all provide the following.
If you or a loved one struggles with PTSD or any other mental health disorders, it is time to seek help. At Lighwork Therapy and Recovery, we help clients discover their inner strength while providing the support and guidance they deserve.
Contact us today at our Woburn, Massachusetts, treatment center and take the first step to healing, recovery, and living your best life.