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Depression & PTSD in Edmonton

Most people experience some form of anxiety after a distressing event. Usually, the body's trauma-related chemicals return to normal with a little time and recovery. However, other individuals develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a more severe condition. It involves distress that lasts months or years because the mind & body get reactivated and then releases stress hormones.

 

If you think you or someone you love struggles with PTSD-related depression, our Edmonton office can help. Read the following to learn more.

 

What Can Cause PTSD?

PTSD may occur after someone experiences an incident that involves the threat of death or injury. These incidents could include:

  • Combat
  • Abuse
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Terrorism
  • Accidents, such as a car accident or natural disaster

 

While doctors don't know why some people develop PTSD and others don't, a person's temperament, family life, history and genetics can affect his or her likelihood of experiencing this disorder.

 

What Are Symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms also set this condition apart from milder forms of trauma. This disorder may begin to manifest within a few months of the event or years after it occurred. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, and negative intrusive thoughts.

 

Typically, symptoms can fall into the following four categories:

  • Intrusive memories: nightmares, flashbacks, and reactions to trigger situations
  • Avoidance: emotional numbness and detachment, avoiding interacting with things that trigger memories
  • Negative mood changes: guilt, blame, loss of interest
  • Hyperarousal: easily startled, hypervigilance, trouble sleeping, and emotional outbursts

 

These indicators show that PTSD is more nuanced than depression. Edmonton individuals and families come to us to resolve the various aspects of this disorder. If left untreated, PTSD can lead to relationship issues and substance abuse. Suicidal thoughts also signal that it's time to talk with a Registered Psychologist.

 

If your symptoms seem severe, last for longer than a month, and feel uncontrollable, talk with a professional about your depression. Our Edmonton office is ready to help you learn to treat this difficult disorder.

 

To schedule your first appointment, call us at 780-433-2269.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an 8-phase form of psychotherapy that has proven effective in treating PTSD. The process of EMDR helps you reprocess a traumatic event to the point that the event becomes emotionally neutral. Once the memory is no longer emotionally reactive, your therapist will help you identify a positive cognition that matches this new experience and install it using a form of bilateral stimulation (for example, eye Movements, sound or tapping). In the next phase, the therapist will help you identify an event in the present that is linked to, or activated by, the original trauma. For example, a contemporary experience that makes you feel the same way you felt in the actual (original) traumatic event, e.g., helpless. Learn more about the eight phases.

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