Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment Montreal (Saint-Laurent)
What is PTSD?
Experiencing trauma may cause a person to feel afraid, overwhelmed or lack control and vulnerable. Traumatic events may include such things as an accident, an abuse or assault, or the loss of a loved one. Normal reactions to all of these types of events include some level of fear and anxiety. However, when a person experiences persistent anxiety and difficulties as a result of the traumatic experience they may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Re-living the event, through flashbacks, nightmares, or frightening thoughts.
- A change in routine so as to avoid places, events or objects that may trigger memories of the trauma.
- Feelings of emotional numbness or strong feelings of guilt, worry or sadness.
- Loss of memory regarding the details of the event.
- Feeling “on edge”, easily startled, difficulty sleeping or having angry outbursts.
What can I do?
Seeking therapy for PTSD can be very helpful in reducing symptoms that result from exposure to trauma. It is important to seek the help of a Montreal Psychologist or Therapist who has experience in working with clients who have PTSD so that treatment may be individualized to meet your needs.
How can treatment help?
Your psychologist will work with you to find the appropriate treatment method that takes into consideration the type of trauma you experienced, your emotional needs, and prior therapy experience. Therapy will provide a safe and comfortable space where you can process the traumatic event(s) and learn to manage the symptoms you are experiencing. Cognitive Behavoral Therapy (CBT) is one approach that is commonly used in PTSD treatment. Using CBT, the psychologist can help you face and manage your fears, reduce anxiety and make sense of the traumatic memories. Consult with Dr Chow to find out whether this would be an appropriate treatment method for you.
This website offers a number of helpful tools and worksheets that can help facilitate change and promote well-being. You are welcome to download the following PDF document(s) or download ADOBE here to download the desired file. These tools are most helpful as an adjunct to therapy.