Are You A “Time Traveler?”
Clients that are experiencing PTSD are “Time Travelers.” They look back in time at the stressful event, causing depressing symptoms and look forward in time to anticipate future events, causing anxiety. As a result, they are not present and living their lives in the “here and now.” Using a combination of Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, clients retake control over their fears by changing their perception and beliefs about their experiences. They learn to be present again in their relationships.
Just watching the news about the Las Vegas Massacre or the church shootings, listening to the news about these events or actually knowing someone at the event who was killed or injured will cause you to have trepidation and anxiety about attending outdoor events. We have all been exposed to these traumatic events through the news and it affects us. Ruminating thoughts and/or images, compulsive TV News watching, sleeplessness, anxious and depressed mood, avoidance of outdoor spaces, increased vigilance, difficulty concentrating and paying attention, distractibility, feeling stuck or frozen and unable to make decisions, are a few of the symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder.
These symptoms usually abate over time. However, if they persist, that is a sign you have PTSD. Clients seeking treatment are most likely to recover. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, physical therapeutic activities such as Yoga, Diagrammatic Breathing, Massage Therapy and Dance, involves movement which can help clients to decrease the feeling of being stuck emotionally.
If this sounds like you, call 770-993-3002 to set up an appointment at the Kovner Center to get help now.