The D’Amore Solution to Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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D’AMORE HEALTHCARE TREATS TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Trauma can be a single extreme experience or a recurring series of events that the individual has trouble processing on his or her own. Some people who have experienced trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Though post-traumatic stress disorder is most commonly linked with the military and other dangerous occupations, it can occur in anyone who is overwhelmed by an extreme experience. Whether you have experienced a trauma or have PTSD, feelings of fear and heightened stress are common. As well, the nature of trauma makes co-occurring substance abuse or behavioral health disorders quite common.

D’Amore Healthcare is a dual-diagnosis mental health treatment facility Joint Commission accredited and California State licensed to address trauma and PTSD, as well as any complications that arise from it. We take your entire medical, environmental, genetic, nutritional, and psychological history into consideration and use that information to create a personalized treatment program. Our professional and compassionate staff will guide you through the treatment modalities best suited for your needs, ranging from individual and group sessions to our signature “Build Me Up” program. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you take those first steps on the path to recovery from trauma or PTSD.

PARTNERING WITH D’AMORE RESTORES FEELINGS OF CALM AND SAFETY

One of the symptoms of trauma and PTSD is the feeling that the world is unsafe. D’Amore Healthcare offers a safe, comfortable space at our nationally-recognized mental health treatment facility where you can begin to learn the coping mechanisms needed to overcome trauma or PTSD.

When you attend D’Amore Healthcare, you remove yourself from the triggers and stresses of life and put yourself in a position to learn valuable techniques from our customized, evidence-based approach. Additionally, you integrate into a community of fellow travelers on the path to mental wellness, where you can learn from each other as well as our professional and compassionate clinicians. Together we will start walking the steps to a life of authenticity and abundance.

D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization and residential treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are located in the sunny, beach communities of Southern California.

We offer the following treatment modalities for those suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Strategic Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Positive Psychology and D’Amore’s Signature Positive Reinforcement Program, “Build Me Up”
Experiential Therapy
Strategic Family Therapy
Play Therapy
Integrative Functional Medicine
Reality Therapy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAUMA AND PTSD

Many of us experience some type of trauma at some point in our lives. It is normal to feel scared after an extreme or traumatic event. Fear is a defense mechanism enabling the body to respond and protect itself in extreme situations. However, sometimes these situations are such that we have difficulty managing them on our own. Those suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder feel scared or aggressive in response to an event that has long passed. These individuals can be driven to fear by “triggers” only somewhat related to the event, for example, the smell of a certain food after eating that food right before a horrific car crash. Trauma or PTSD that is left unprocessed can have disastrous consequences for the individuals who suffer from them.

WHAT IS TRAUMA AND PTSD?

Trauma is an extreme event that negatively impacts one’s life and falls outside the scope of an everyday experience. These events can range from the horror of war and rape to the death of a loved one or moving to a new state. Trauma is by nature overwhelming and it is often difficult for an individual to come to terms with these experiences. If the traumatic event is extreme enough, or if it occurs repeatedly, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a result.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition afflicting approximately 3.5% of Americans in any given year. It generally results after experiencing the horrors of an extreme situation, such as war or rape, but can occur after any type of trauma, especially if the event is repeated. There is an extremely high comorbidity of PTSD with other mental health disorders (higher than 80%), with the most common being depression and substance abuse. Furthermore, there is an increased risk of suicide as 27% of individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD have also attempted suicide.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA

Thinking about a traumatic event, some sleeplessness and lack of focus, and feeling a little sad or uncomfortable are all normal responses to trauma. For many individuals, these symptoms will lessen over time. For some, however, the responses are more extreme and may last for quite some time. Here are some signs that an individual who has suffered a traumatic event may be having trouble coping:

Excessive worrying and anxiety
Depression
Terrors
Nightmares
Insomnia
Avoiding places or people that trigger memories of the event
Headaches
Stomach aches
Fatigue
Exaggerated startle response
Anger

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Though the following are experienced by nearly everyone at some point in their lives, those with PTSD suffer from all or most of these constantly for a month or more:

Flashbacks of the event
Nightmares
Terrors
Avoiding people or places that are reminders of the event
“Blocking out” thoughts or feelings related to the event
Heightened startle response
Edginess
Insomnia
Anger or irritability
Difficulty remembering key features of the event
Persistent negative thoughts
Unexplainable or irrational guilt or blame
Diminished or complete loss of pleasure in activities

Trauma can be managed but if left untreated, it can lead to much more serious conditions requiring medical attention. In addition to the strain on an individual’s quality of life, the extremely high comorbidity rate and increased risk of suicide make post-traumatic stress disorder a very serious mental health condition. If you or someone you love is suffering from trauma or PTSD, please seek professional treatment as soon as possible. You don’t have to do this alone!

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