Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder has exploded into the national conscience in recent years due to the impact it is having on warriors serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and upon civilians who are exposed to life threatening incidents and struggle with the aftermath.

Trauma, grief, and traumatic loss have been a specialized area of practice at Navigator since its inception. Our therapists have first hand knowledge of the impact of battle, near death experiences, witnessing horrific injuries or death, providing care for a loved one who is experiencing protracted suffering, car accidents, sexual assaults, traumatic loss, coming under fire, suicide, homicide, or any other sudden death event, and other trauma inducing events.

We know the impact. We know the treatments. We know that there is hope.

Traumatic events can be so distressing that they can eave an “imprint” on our minds, our spirits, and our bodies. The symptoms of traumatic stress can be overwhelming leading some to attempt to medicate it with drugs or alcohol. Trauma can impact every aspect of the of life, and can lead to feelings of despair and depression. Some people have such intensely painful experiences in their past that they develop a form of traumatic stress called “Complex PTSD.” These individuals experience profound suffering and are often misunderstood by those around them.

PTSD can arise form a single traumatic incident, or after a series of incidents occurring over time. It can be mild or severe. It can begin almost immediately after the event, or it can manifest months, even years later. The impact on the sufferer’s life can be profound.

PTSD and its various syndromes including Complex PTSD is a specialized area of practice requiring specialized training and experience. If you believe you are suffering from PTSD, please ask about your clinician’s specific PTSD related training and experience before committing to a course of therapy. Good therapy gives good results, and you deserve it.

If you are suffering symptoms that you think may be related to trauma, please do not hesitate to seek help. We know what is happening to you. We know how to help.

There is hope! Please read the links below for further information.