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03. Trauma Recovery

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

If you've experienced trauma (i.e. sexual assault, interpersonal violence, first responder trauma)  you may be experiencing a overwhelming mix of emotions.  Many people who have been traumatized often find that they may need professional help to move forward in their lives. However, it is not uncommon for some to try to "just forget about it" and go on with life.  What these individuals discover is that they will continue to demonstrate symptoms and will require the assistance of a trained mental health professional.  Trauma/PTSD treatment is available in Orange County.
If you have experienced trauma, consider reaching out for help if you experience the following symptoms:


  • Unexpected or expected reoccurring, involuntary, and intrusive upsetting memories of the traumatic event

  • Repeated upsetting dreams where the content of the dreams is related to the traumatic event

  • The experience of some type of dissociation (for example, flashbacks) where you feel as though the traumatic event is happening again

  • Strong and persistent distress upon exposure to cues that are either inside or outside of your body that are connected to your traumatic event

  • Strong bodily reactions (for example, increased heart rate) upon exposure to a reminder of the traumatic event


  • Irritability or aggressive behavior

  • Impulsive or self-destructive behavior

  • Feeling constantly "on guard" or like danger is lurking around every corner (or hypervigilance)

  • Heightened startle response

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Problems sleeping


  • The inability to remember an important aspect of the traumatic event

  • Persistent and elevated negative evaluations about yourself, others, or the world (for example, "I am unlovable," or "The world is an evil place")

  • Elevated self-blame or blame of others about the cause or consequence of a traumatic event

  • A negative emotional state (for example, shame, anger, or fear) that is pervasive

  • Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy

  • Feeling detached from others

  • The inability to experience positive emotions (for example, happiness, love, joy)

Changes in Thought

  • Extreme thoughts about the world related to safety and danger

  • Thoughts that you are somehow to blame for the trauma you experienced

  • Negative thoughts about your own self-worth

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