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Introduction to PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is considered a very common condition, but that does not make it easier to live with. If you are one of the many people in the United States living with PTSD, you’re in the right place. Our comprehensive addiction and PTSD treatment in New Jersey is here to help those who have experienced trauma heal and continue their life.

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Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is diagnosed by medical and mental health professionals based on the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. Reviewing the signs and symptoms of PTSD can help you identify them in yourself or someone you know, which can be the first step toward getting help.


Signs and symptoms of PTSD may include but aren’t limited to the following:


  • Intrusion: Involuntary and upsetting memories, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, dissociation, or flashbacks of a traumatic event (which may seem so real that you feel as though you’re reliving or seeing the traumatic event again).
  • Avoidance: Avoiding reminders of a traumatic event, which might include avoiding objects, places, people, activities, or situations associated with distressing memories. While it’s not always the case, some might avoid talking about or discussing the traumatic event.
  • Alterations in cognition and mood: Difficulty remembering important details of a traumatic event, negative thoughts, distorted beliefs about oneself or others (e.g., “I can’t trust anyone”), negative emotions, such as horror, anger, guilt, or shame, decreased interest in activities one previously enjoyed, feeling detached or estranged from others, lack of positive emotions (e.g., happiness), or distorted thoughts surrounding the consequences or cause of a traumatic event, leading one to mistakenly blame themselves or others.
  • Alterations in arousal and reactivity: Irritability, angry outbursts, reckless or self-destructive behavior, hypervigilance, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, or being startled more easily. 


You do not need to experience every symptom of PTSD to meet the criteria for the condition or need help. If PTSD symptoms negatively affect your life, you deserve to get support and overcome the strain of those symptoms. 


What Causes PTSD?

While everyone can be affected by trauma, not all people who experience or witness a traumatic event will develop PTSD. There is no known singular cause of PTSD, but there are risk factors that can raise the likelihood of someone developing the condition. Here are some of the things that can increase the potential for PTSD:


  • Undergoing certain forms of traumatic events.
  • Previous exposure to a traumatic event, especially early in life (e.g., childhood abuse). 
  • Family history of substance abuse or mental health disorders.
  • Personal history of substance abuse or mental health disorders.
  • Prolonged stress after the event (e.g., grieving a loved one, injury, or illness).  


Any traumatic event can lead to PTSD. Natural disasters, illness, death of someone close to you, domestic violence, and sexual, physical, or emotional abuse are just some examples. 


Understanding the Impact of PTSD

Part of why it’s so crucial to understand how the signs and symptoms of PTSD can manifest is that it illustrates how they can affect your life. Many people do not understand just how significantly PTSD affects their daily life or health, especially if they’ve been living with it long-term. 

PTSD can affect the physical body through symptoms like poor sleep. Being in fight or flight mode can affect both the mind and body, leading to challenges like an increased risk of depression and heart disease. Furthermore, PTSD symptoms have the potential to affect work, school, interpersonal relationships and attachments to others, hobbies, and virtually any other area of your life. 

Interestingly, over 46% of those with PTSD are said to meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. This is part of where PTSD treatment in New Jersey at Prevail Recovery Center can help. We have dual diagnosis programs available for those with a substance use disorder and at least one other mental health condition, including PTSD. 


How PTSD Treatment in New Jersey Can Help

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can cast a long shadow over one’s life, affecting daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. At Prevail Recovery, we understand the profound impact of trauma and offer specialized PTSD treatment options designed to guide individuals toward healing and reclaiming their peace of mind.

Don’t let the shadow of PTSD define your life. Reach out to Prevail Recovery and take the first step toward healing. Our compassionate team guides you on your recovery journey, helping you reclaim your peace, rebuild relationships, and embrace a brighter, healthier future.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of PTSD is crucial for seeking help. Common indicators include:

  • Re-experiencing Trauma: Intrusive memories, flashbacks, or nightmares related to the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding places, people, or activities that trigger memories of the trauma.
  • Negative Changes in Mood and Thoughts: Persistent negative beliefs about oneself or the world, distorted blame of oneself or others, and persistent negative emotions.
  • Hyperarousal: Being easily startled, feeling tense, having difficulty sleeping, and displaying angry outbursts.
  • Traumatic Events: Exposure to life-threatening or deeply disturbing events such as accidents, natural disasters, combat, assault, or abuse.
  • Loss or Grief: Sudden, unexpected loss or grief can trigger symptoms of PTSD, especially if the loss was traumatic in nature.
  • Brain Chemistry: Imbalances in brain chemicals that regulate mood and stress responses can contribute to the development of PTSD.

PTSD can significantly impact various aspects of life, including:

  • Relationships: Difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships due to emotional numbness or irritability.
  • Work and Education: Impaired concentration, mood swings, and flashbacks can affect performance and attendance.
  • Physical Health: Chronic stress related to PTSD can contribute to various health issues, including heart problems and weakened immune function.


  • Trauma-Informed Therapy: Our therapists are trained in evidence-based trauma therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address the root causes of trauma.
  • Individualized Treatment Plans: Tailored treatment plans are created to address specific triggers and symptoms, ensuring a personalized approach to healing.
  • Group Therapy: Engaging in group therapy sessions provides a supportive environment where individuals can share experiences, gain insights, and learn coping strategies.
  • Holistic Healing: Integrating holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, and art therapy to promote relaxation, self-awareness, and emotional healing.
  • Medication Management: In some cases, medication may be prescribed to manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.
  • Family Involvement: Involving family members in therapy sessions can help rebuild relationships, provide support, and strengthen the individual’s overall support network.


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