Who Suffers from PTSD?

Senior woman with PTSD has flashbackPosttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) can result from any traumatic event in which a person comes to harm or believes harm will happen. The harm can be to that person or to someone they know. Witnessing a traumatic event involving a stranger can also cause PTSD. The shock of the event is so significant that it burns its memory deep. With wars, natural disasters, and traumas happening each day, who is most at risk for developing PTSD?

Veterans and PTSD

Due to the jarring, high-mortality nature of wars, veterans have an unfortunately high probability of experiencing PTSD. Each war has its own set of PTSD statistics. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts:

  • Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans
  • As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans
  • 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan
  • 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans

It’s estimated that about 120,000 of the deployed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD since 2002. However, despite the founded generalization, soldiers aren’t the only ones who experience the devastating déjà vu of PTSD. In fact, PTSD affects between 5-7 million Americans each year.

Women and PTSD

Although there are more male veterans suffering from PTSD than female veterans due to the gender skew of the military, women normally have a higher probability of experiencing PTSD. In fact, 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with 5% of men. This is likely due to women experiencing a higher incidence of sexual assault and child sexual abuse than men.

Children and PTSD

There are very few studies that delve into the incidences of PTSD among children. Most often, however, children suffer PTSD from either abuse or natural disaster. A study by Kilpatrick and colleagues (2003) estimated the prevalence of PTSD among adolescents to be 3.7% for boys and 6.3% for girls. However, with our shifting climate patterns and increasing numbers of natural disasters around the world, this percentage may be on the rise.

Other PTSD Trends

Although most people will hopefully never suffer from PTSD, especially for a prolonged period of time, the truth is that no one is immune from this disorder. Tragedy and trauma can happen to anyone. According to the National Center for PTSD, people are more likely to suffer from PTSD if they:

  • Had an earlier life-threatening event or trauma, such as being abused as a child
  • Have another mental health problem
  • Have family members who have had mental health problems
  • Have little support from family and friends
  • Have recently lost a loved one, especially if it was not expected
  • Have had recent, stressful life changes
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Are a woman
  • Are poorly educated
  • Are younger

Despite the cause of PTSD, it is important to know there is treatment for this disorder and people can recover. If you believe that you or a loved one may be struggling with PTSD, call The Center • A Place Of HOPE today at 1-888-771-5166. The expert team of professionals will be able to answer your questions about treatment options, and help you identify the best plan for recovery.

Portions of the content of this post was derived from Dr. Gregory Jantz’s book Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Fear.


The Dark Cloud of Depression Following PTSD

Thinking manThe negative effects of a traumatic event can be overwhelming and debilitating. The aftermath of such an event can compromise your ability to hope, to cope, to envision a future, and to find the strength to carry on each day. When these negative feelings and emotions become too loud to overcome, physical depression can be the result. Depression is one of the most common code occurring disorders with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, people suffering from PTSD are seven times more likely to develop depression.

Depression has been described as a deep, black hole you find yourself falling into. The sides are steep and slick. There doesn’t seem to be any way to stop your descent. It happens in slow motion—flailing of the arms, twists and turns of the body, agonizing movements that produce no results. Eventually, you stop fighting and just slide down into the pit. No light. No desire. No energy. No hope.

PTSD can lead to intense feelings of anger, rage, resentment, and fear. These unspent emotions live inside the body, using up energy, and eventually causing fatigue and apathy. Unable to see any hope in your life, you slowly begin to isolate yourself from others, from getting out and socializing, from exercising or taking care of your body.

This world we live in can be a difficult place. Pressures and stresses that come from every day living are often enough to temporarily sideline even the healthiest of us. When a serious trauma has battered your defenses, maintaining a successful stand against those forces can be almost impossible. That is why it is so important to gain support and strength from others: from healthy relationships, from friends who love you, even from caring professionals who can assist you in rediscovering your strength to face each day successfully. You may also need a professional to assist you in rebalancing your body’s natural chemistry when necessary.

Our holistic approach to health and healing at The Center • A Place of HOPE helps us to create specialized treatment plans for each client to address all co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD and depression, encourage them to call 1-888-771-5166 today.

Excerpts of this blog were taken from Dr, Jantz’s Hope & Healing from Emotional Abuse.


Overcoming Panic Attacks

Young woman meditating with open arms standing in fresh spring It all started with an elevator. Janice was taking the elevator up to her usual floor at work one day when the elevator malfunctioned. She was trapped inside for hours until someone was finally able to get it working properly again.

As hard as it was to overcome, Janice was beginning to put it behind her and get a proper perspective on the traumatic event when bad luck struck a second time. Janice loved to take out-of-town friends to the Space Needle restaurant in downtown Seattle. Towering high over the city, the restaurant affords a revolving view of the skyline as patrons dine.

To get to the restaurant circling atop the Space Needle, diners ride in an elevator that has windows along the side providing a view of the surrounding area. One day on Janice’s way up, the elevator broke. This time the elevator had windows, so she could see just how dangerous a position she was in.

For a while afterword, Janice was able to go on with her life. But soon the thought of even stepping into an elevator was nauseating, so she took the stairs. Even the thought of being up that high, no matter how she got there, caused intense panic attacks. Her heart would race, she would become dizzy and lightheaded, and she would hyperventilate. Eventually she was forced to give up her job because she was no longer physically able to make it to the twelfth floor.

As more time passed, Janice couldn’t even travel up a flight of stairs without having a panic attack. The attacks were so strong she was sure she was going to die of a heart attack. She had a two-story house, but she started sleeping on the sofa downstairs to avoid climbing above ground level.

Janice had always been a high-strung person. When she was a child, her father was commanding and her mother was demanding. She had grown up very performance driven. Everything needed to be done just so with Janice. Her looks, her dress, her manners, and her work were carried out with precision and control—until she lost control twice in the elevators.

Panic attacks are specific physical events with an emotional or psychological basis. They produce dramatic physical symptoms and can be overwhelming for the person experiencing them. At the root of a panic attack is an abnormally strong fear reaction and the presence of a high level of adrenaline produced by the body in reaction to the fear. This is when emotional anxiety is given a physical outlet.

Emotional abuse intersects with panic attacks when the fear producing the attack comes from an abusive pattern in the past. Janice had always been terrified of losing control because of the emotional abuse suffered as a child. It wasn’t until she experienced a physical event—the breakdown of the elevators—that her ever-present subconscious fear found a conscious outlet.

While panic attacks can be intense and devastating initially, they are also highly treatable. Once Janice learned the true source of her fear, she was able to develop a strategy for confronting them. She no longer fears riding elevators and has found closure on much of the emotional abuse in her past.

Panic attacks are a normal symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder, but know that they are treatable. If you or someone you love has struggled with a traumatic event and continues to suffer from related panic attacks, they should seek professional help. The world-class team of professionals at The Center • A Place of HOPE specializes in addressing each person individually. They make a point to understand all aspects of a person’s past to help each person find true healing. In Janice’s case, this meant delving into the traumas of her childhood that she never acknowledged as contributors to her later panic attacks. To learn how an individualized recovery plan can help heal your panic attacks, call 1-888-771-5166 today.

Excerpts of this blog were taken from Dr. Jantz’s book, Hope & Healing from Emotional Abuse.


Facing Your Fears

Young boy battles a dragon drawn on a chalk boardThere are so many things in life to be truly fearful of. So often we neglect those things in order to concentrate on the monsters of our own making or past. However, when we succumb to our own monsters, we can sometimes lose sight of the real risks at hand. For example, a person so frightened of going to the doctor doesn’t take precautionary care, only to be diagnosed with late stage cancer. A person afraid to fly has a life-threatening car wreck 5 miles from home. A person terrified of being overweight, at 82 pounds, goes to sleep one night and never wakes up. Our fears can often times become completely disengaged from the reality of risk. We decide our own dangers, often disregarding what is truly dangerous. We chase after the things that will harm us and run away from the things that can save us. Gaining proper perspective means changing how we think.

Are you ready to do that? Facing your fear means changing who you are, because up to this point you’ve been willing to live with your fear. You have allowed it to become part of who you are and define you.. You’ve been trying to manage your fear instead of working toward relieving it altogether. You allowed your fear to get bigger and your world to get smaller.

Remember, please, that I’m not talking about reasonable fears or reasonable precautions. I’m not talking about the very reasonable fear of sitting on the edge of a ledge overhanging the Grand Canyon. I’m talking about not even going to the Grand Canyon because you have a fear of heights. The more Grand Canyons you avoid, put off, or run from, the more your life is diminished. We were meant to live this life head up with all senses engaged, not huddled in a corner attending to our monsters.

This world is a large and often inhospitable place. In comparison, you and I can seem very small. Small things, by nature, fear larger things. But we are only small in and of ourselves. Remaining small is one option, but another exists. Each of us has been given the option to align ourselves with something bigger and greater than ourselves. For some, this can be God, the Universe, Jesus Christ, Allah, or simply love. Whatever you believe, find the strength and courage to face your fears. You will live a fuller, more joyful life as a result.

There are also many people that can support you during this journey. If you or a loved one have struggled with a traumatic event and are overcoming PTSD, you may need to seek professional help. Call The Center • A Place of HOPE at 1-888-747-5592 to talk with a trained professional about recovery options. 


Releasing Butterflies

Removing the Ghosts From Your Past

There’s no end to the fuel we could use to feed our sadness, regrets, and doubts. But permitting the ghosts of our past to have a life of their own today will not help us recover from emotional exhaustion. We all have people, events, and memories in our background that haunt us, confuse us, and throw us for a loop at the most unsuspecting moments. It’s easy to lament the past and play the role of victim.  We can also be consumed with profound doubts about our present and future based on earlier trauma.

Are you keeping yourself from inner healing because you continue to look at past events? What do you think would happen if you revisited some of the old ghost towns that haunt your memories? It would be a wonderful first step to removing the emotional pain that slows you down, keeps you burned out and exhausted, and prevents you from becoming the person God designed you to be.

To determine if memories of your past are controlling your present, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What negative memories seem to haunt me? Which events, and the pain they cause, are still vivid, as though they just happened?

2. What words or voices from the past are still ringing in my mind today?

If you find the past pain still has power over you today, you need to begin moving out of your past and into the present. Start moving out of the ghost town of the past by reminding yourself daily that those negative events are over and they no longer affect you. Think about the good things of the present and be thankful for them. Think about each of your abilities and gifts and how each has played a part in making you the unique person you are.

You will have to make a daily decision to dismiss the hurtful memories of the past and concentrate on the positive things of today until the past no longer controls your thoughts. The choice is yours. It will require some risk and demand a deeper trust of yourself—but that will only enhance your personal growth and your capacity to forgive yourself and others.

Forgiveness is a crucial step in releasing the ghosts from our past. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind while you embark on this path to forgiveness.

  • To forget and let go does not mean you stop caring; it does mean you will no longer take responsibility for the actions of others.
  • To forgive and let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in your hands.
  • To forgive and let go is not to try to change or blame another but to make the most of yourself and recognize God’s design for your life.
  • To forgive and let go is no longer to fix but be aware.
  • To forgive and let go is to no longer be in the middle, arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to choose their own destiny.
  • To forgive and let go is no longer to judge but to allow another to be a human being.
  • To forgive and let go is no longer to adjust everything to your desires but to take each day as it comes and cherish yourself in God’s plan for today.
  • To forgive and let go is no longer to regret the past but to grow and live for today and the future, using your past as material for growth.

Who do you need to forgive? What words do you need to say, either quietly in your heart, in a letter you never deliver, or face to face? We all have the capacity to become what we were meant—authorized—to be.

We have been authorized by God to break free from our past with its tentacles that can squeeze the life out of us, making us fearful, weak and burdened. Just as a graveyard is the most appropriate location for a resurrection, so can despair and exhaustion be the breeding grounds for forgiveness and hope.

We can develop a vision for the future that believes an exciting, fulfilling life still lies ahead. It’s a vision of hope, newness and a renewed perspective that the best is yet to come. Finding peace and forgiveness in your life will allow you to transcend your past and live the life you were designed to live.

If you have difficulty releasing your past on your own, seek the help of a professional counselor or therapist. Contact The Center • A Place Of HOPE to speak with a highly trained specialist by calling 1-888-771-5166 today. 

The content of this post was derived from: 1998 Gregory L. Jantz, How to De-Stress Your Life, Spire.


The Relationship Between Fear, Anger and PTSD

Have you ever had someone play a practical joke on you by hiding around a corner, then jumping out with a loud shout? What is your first reaction? A jolt of fear. You’re startled and caught off guard. This usually is followed up by the person laughing over your unguarded reaction and shocked expression. It is also usually followed by your flash of anger at the person for scaring you like that. Begin afraid can make you angry. The more fearful you are, the greater the anger you feel.

Recognizing that anger can be a symptom of PTSD provides insight into the recovery process

Recognizing that anger can be a symptom of PTSD provides insight into the recovery process

No one likes to be truly afraid. There are plenty of people who enjoy watching a scary show or engaging in the free-fall of a thrill ride, but this is fear contained, fear managed, fear controlled. It is all the thrills of fear within the comforts of security. You know the movie will end and the ride will be over. You’re able to laugh and enjoy it because you know there’s an end. Anger comes when the movie keeps playing and the ride doesn’t stop.

For some people, this is the content of their lives. For some people, even though the movie is over, they’re still stuck in the theater; even though the ride is over they still feel as if they’re suspended in air, feet dangling, waiting for the bottom to drop out. Fear is a constant companion. And for people suffering from PTSD, this feeling is exacerbated. Even when events are peaceful, they live in fear that something will change. When their lives are burdened down with problems, they’re fearful one more struggle will undo them completely. They’re fearful of what happened yesterday, what will happen today, and what may come tomorrow. As a consequence, they are anxious about their situation and angry at having to live this way.

Because their anger comes from a base of fear, it is often desperate, unreasonable anger. It is the husband who refuses to allow his wife to work because he’s afraid she’ll find someone else and have the means to leave him. It is the mother who refuses to let her son develop his own life for fear he’ll grow up and leave her alone. It is the wife who refuses to engage in consistent intimacy with her husband for fear he’ll find her physically unattractive. It is the father who refuses to let his daughter wear makeup or date for fear she’ll become promiscuous. In each of these scenarios, the root of this initial fear can come from a past trauma. When these inner fears are pricked, however, the response can be desperate, unreasonable fear expressed in anger and rage.

Healing from trauma, conquering fears and freeing yourself from anger requires a holistic approach to treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with fear, anger or PTSD, The Center • A Place Of Hope can help. The Center • A Place of Hope is a leader in holistic treatment, and experienced with healing multi-dimensional problems. Call 1-888-771-5166 or fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch with you soon.

Information in this post was derived from Gregory L. Jantz’s book, Controlling Your Anger before it Controls You.



PTSD Q&A: What Do You Really Know About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

shutterstock_125102762Slowly but surely we are chipping away at the misconception that PTSD is unique to soldiers, firemen, police officers, and others regularly exposed to traumatic situations. On the contrary, anyone can develop PTSD, thus the importance of education and understanding.

What is PTSD?

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a form of anxiety stemming from a traumatic event in which your well-being, or the well-being of others, is threatened.

The threat may be a physical one, however, it may not have resulted in any actual physical harm. Simply believing you or others could have been harmed can cause PTSD.

The threat may also be an emotional one, in which no physical harm was threatened, but the experience was one of extreme emotional pain.

What causes PTSD?

There is no one-size-fits-all description of an event that can cause PTSD. It is anything in which physical or emotional harm was threatened or realized. However, the most common causes of PTSD include:

  • Combat exposure
  • Physical abuse
  • Physical attack
  • Rape
  • Torture
  • Childhood neglect
  • Sexual molestation
  • Being threatened with a weapon
  • Kidnapping
  • Mugging
  • Robbery
  • Civil conflict
  • Car accident
  • Plane crash
  • Fire
  • Natural disaster
  • Life-threatening medical diagnosis
  • Death of a loved one

For children, you can add to this list adoption, divorce, moving, and medical interventions, all of which have the potential for taking a heavy emotional toll.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

You or a loved one may have PTSD if you experience any or all of the following:

  • Flashbacks to a past traumatic event
  • Easily startled
  • Emotionally numb
  • Isolated from loved ones
  • Difficulty with intimacy
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Nightmares of traumatic events you have experienced or witnessed
  • Irritability, aggression, hostility, or violence
  • Avoiding situations they fear will remind them of the trauma
  • Trouble with concentration, memory, and problem-solving
  • Difficulty during significant periods, such as the anniversary of the trauma
  • Refusing to talk about the trauma with others for fear of triggering a flashback

As with any other symptoms list, keep in mind that if you have one or more of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have PTSD. Having a majority of these symptoms certainly makes it likely. However, only a trained professional can formally diagnose PTSD.

What is a PTSD flashback?

It’s a PTSD flashback if you find yourself experiencing the past traumatic event as though it is happening in the present. Flashbacks are usually triggered by ordinary things that act as a reminder of the traumatic event, particularly visiting the site of the trauma, or seeing other people who were involved. Flashbacks can be experienced as images, smells, sounds, feelings and pain. You may still maintain some awareness of the current situation, or you could lose awareness of your surroundings altogether.

How can I cope with PTSD flashbacks?

While you likely try to avoid triggers at all cost, it is impossible to control every scenario. In the event of a flashback, you may already have discovered helpful coping mechanisms, but you may also want to try some of these:

  • Tell yourself, out loud or in your mind, where and when you are.
  • Remind yourself this is a flashback and it will end shortly.
  • Take slow, deep breaths.
  • Use your senses to bring awareness to your present surroundings.
  • Name items or colors in the room.
  • Breathe in calming aromatherapy oils.
  • Turn on loud music and focus on the sounds.
  • Eat or drink something with a strong taste.
  • Touch something and focus on its texture.

You will find some of these coping mechanisms more helpful than others. Be sure to share what works with those close to you so they can be of support if and when they are present during a flashback.

How is PTSD treated?

There are various treatment programs for post traumatic stress disorder. The most effective among them are those that take a whole-person approach, as we do here at A Place Of Hope. PTSD affects the entirety of a person’s life, thus the importance of focusing on the emotional, mental, physical, relational, and spiritual sides.

Are you or a loved one living with PTSD? Whether you have already been diagnosed, or you simply recognize the symptoms, A Place of Hope can help. Take our PTSD Evaluation, or call 1-888-771-5166, and someone will be in touch with you soon.

How To Help a Loved One Suffering From PTSD

man leaning against tree with woman in background

Back off when you feel your loved one needs space, but don’t give up. Be patient with the process of recovery from PTSD.

If your loved one has post traumatic stress disorder, they may feel isolated and alone. So whether they’ve already been diagnosed, or you simply suspect PTSD, knowing how to be there for them can go a long way toward a healthy recovery.

1) Learn PTSD causes and symptoms.

The more you know about PTSD, the better equipped you are to help, particularly if your loved on has yet to be officially diagnosed. Get the facts about PTSD causes and symtpoms.

2) Identify treatment options and professionals who can help.

If they have yet to be diagnosed, but the symptoms are there, it’s a good idea to encourage your loved one to see someone about it. Even if the suspected catalyst for possible PTSD seems a small, unlikely source, it should not be taken for granted. PTSD can escalate quickly, and the sooner help is sought, the greater the chances for successful treatment.

3) Offer to go with your loved one to the doctor.

Nobody likes going to the doctor, particularly for a possible diagnosis for something as foreign and frightening as PTSD. Offering to accompany your loved one can make a world of difference, providing just the kind of comfort they need to find the courage to seek help.

4) Make sure your loved one knows you’re there for them.

If and when your loved one is diagnosed with PTSD, take the time to sit down with them for a quiet conversation in which you express what they may most need to hear — that you’re there to listen anytime they want to talk, without fear of judgement or shame.

5) Plan fun activities.

Things your loved one once enjoyed may now be sources of fear and pain. Still, it is critical that they engage in activities of some sort that can bring them pleasure and joy. So get creative with ideas and start making suggestions. The wider range of things you come up with, the greater the likelihood something will sound possible and appealing– from a game of cards, to a walk in the park, to a night out at the movies.

6) Encourage them to see family and friends.

When making plans for fun activities, suggest including other family members and friends. These need not be grand gatherings of people. Just three or four of you is small enough to feel comfortable, but big enough to feel social.

7) Be patient.

All of your best intentions may be met with disinterest, frustration, even anger. Don’t take it personally. It’s not you that’s the problem; it’s the PTSD. Back off when you feel your loved one needs space, but don’t give up. Be patient with the process.

8) Take care of yourself.

The closer you are to a loved one suffering from PTSD, the greater your challenge to give yourself the attention you need, particularly if you live together. While you may have the natural inclination to devote all your time and energy to your loved one’s recovery, neither of you will be served by this in the long run. It is critical that you take time every day to make sure your own needs are being met — not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. This means maintaining your connections with other family members and friends, as well as your participation in activities that are important to your overall well-being.

Are you or a loved one suffering from PTSD symptoms? A Place Of Hope can help. Call 1-888-771-5166 or fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch soon.

What Kind of Events Can Cause PTSD?

What you may discover is that a traumatic event had more of a lasting impact on you than you realized.

Most people associate PTSD with serving in combat. Unfortunately, this deters people from seeking the PTSD treatment they may need after a traumatic event. In fact, post traumatic stress disorder can be caused by any kind of trauma in which your well-being is physically or emotionally threatened:

  • Combat exposure
  • Physical abuse
  • Physical attack
  • Rape
  • Torture
  • Childhood neglect
  • Sexual molestation
  • Being threatened with a weapon
  • Kidnapping
  • Mugging
  • Robbery
  • Civil conflict
  • Car accident
  • Plane crash
  • Fire
  • Natural disaster
  • Life-threatening medical diagnosis
  • Death of a loved one

In addition to the above-referenced incidents, children may be particularly susceptible to PTSD caused by medical interventions, adoption, divorce, and even moving.

If you or someone you know has experienced any one of these traumas, please take the time to review (and share, need be) the following list of PTSD symptoms, as outlined in Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Fear: Practical Ways To Find Peace by A Place of Hope founder Dr. Gregory Jantz.

Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  1. startling easily
  2. becoming numb emotionally
  3. isolating from loved ones
  4. having difficulty with intimacy
  5. becoming aggressive, hostile, or even violent
  6. attempting to avoid situations they fear will remind them of the trauma
  7. having difficulty during significant periods, such as the anniversary of the trauma
  8. refusing to talk about the trauma with others for fear of triggering a flashback

What you may discover is that a traumatic event had more of a lasting impact on you than you realized. On the other hand, keep in mind that not all trauma causes PTSD. So what you need to do is 1) give the traumatic event the weight it warrants, 2) review and make note of PTSD symptoms you may be experiencing, and 3) reach out to a professional counselor who can help, need be.

Are you or a loved one experiencing PTSD symptoms? A Place of Hope can help. Contact us for information.

PTSD Holds Victims Hostage To Horror of Past


One week ago today, 12 people lost their lives in the mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard. In the difficult weeks and months ahead, the survivors will grieve these tragic losses while also trying to put back together the pieces of their own lives. Everyone will heal in their own manner, and at their own pace, but essential to this healing process is an awareness of the possibility, symptoms, and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a form of anxiety marked by flashbacks that force the sufferer to relive the emotional terror of the event over and over again.

In addition to mass shootings and other random acts of mass violence, PTSD may also be triggered by other types life-threatening situations, such as natural disasters, car accidents, sexual assault and, of course, combat.

In addition to flashbacks, symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Startling easily
  • Being emotionally numb
  • Isolating yourself from family and friends
  • Having trouble being intimate
  • Feeling increasingly irritable
  • Being aggressive, hostile, or violent
  • Going out of your way to avoid situations you fear will remind you of the trauma
  • Being unable to talk about the trauma for fear of it triggering a flashback

“With PTSD, the person’s life becomes hostage to the horror of the past,” says Dr. Gregory Jantz in Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear: Practical Ways To Find Peace.

“Like a person suffering from panic attacks, the PTSD sufferer stops living life and starts crafting an existence designed to reduce the possibility of another episode. Family, friends, feelings, risks, and experiences are all jetisoned. The avoidance of another flashback becomes the only goal.”

Dr. Jantz is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, better known to our patients as A Place of Hope.

If you believe you may be suffering from PTSD:

  1. What are its physical characteristics? What does it do to you?
  2. How often does it happen?
  3. Do you know when it’s about to happen?
  4. What do you do to help yourself feel better? Does anything help?
  5. Does anything make it worse?
  6. How long does it usually last?
  7. Have you ever talked with someone about it? If so, who and why? If not, why not?
  8. How long have you been hoping it would just go way?
  9. Do you really believe you’ll ever be able to get over it?

A Place of Hope can help with PTSD treatment. Contact Us online or call toll-free 1-888-771-5166 for a free consultation today.