Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following a person experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Examples of traumatic events that can lead to the development of PTSD include military combat, experiencing a natural disaster that threatened injury or loss of life, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. A person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed directly, or they may have been witness to another person being harmed.

Typically a combination of different therapeutic approaches is helpful in addressing the multitude of symptoms people with PTSD tend to have.

Not all people who experience a traumatic event develop PTSD. However, those that do seem to get “stuck” in the “fight-or-flight” response where they feel stressed, scared and have PTSD symptoms even when there is no danger present. Individuals with PTSD tend to experience three different kinds of symptoms:

  • Re-living the trauma through flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive memories
  • Avoiding places, people or things that remind the person of the trauma, and feeling emotionally “numb” as a way to avoid the feelings associated with the trauma
  • Agitation and arousal: being easily startled, feeling on-edge and irritable, angry lashing out and sleep problems.

These symptoms can be extreme and long-lasting, leading to profound isolation and loneliness as well as significant impairment in the person’s day-to-day living.

How Hanbleceya treats Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Typically a combination of different therapeutic approaches is helpful in addressing the multitude of symptoms people with PTSD tend to have. Hanbleceya believes a holistic treatment approach within a therapeutic milieu setting is optimal for treating PTSD: learning how to cope effectively with the various physical and emotional distresses common to this disorder and doing so within a supportive network of peers and staff seems to be an important combination in healing trauma. Hanbleceya employs therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress inoculation training, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help individuals with PTSD learn about trauma and its effects on the body and mind, develop healthy and effective stress management and reduction skills, improve sleep, diet and exercise patterns, and help individuals resolve the feelings of guilt, shame and anger so common to post-trauma experiences.

The therapeutic milieu setting allows for individuals to learn these skills in a supportive environment and also to practice the skills to help attain mastery. Hanbleceya’s supportive and skilled therapeutic staff also provide assistance in addressing the social, family, functioning and job-related difficulties that tend to be widespread for people with PTSD.