Kevin O'Brien Ph.D., BCD, LCSW, CASAC
Offices in New York City and West palm Beach, Florida
Email: DrKevinOBrien@me.com Telephone: 917-439-5400
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a prolonged anxiety and adjustment reaction to an extremely stressful and potentially life threatening event. Unlike the typical day to day stresses that we all experience living here in a large city, traumatic events are usually unexpected, extraordinary and involve the threat of serious emotional or physical harm.
Examples of traumas include childhood abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), natural disasters, military combat, acts of terrorism, robbery, rape and other instances where one feels that their life is at risk.
Symptoms of PTSD fall into three categories:
Most people do not experience all of these symptoms at the same time, but rather a combination of symptoms where some can be more prevalent than others. There can also be an increased use of alcohol or drugs to cope or self medicate for these symptoms. See Substance Abuse
page for more about this.Note to Veterans: PTSD and Re-adjustment counseling services are available FREE to qualifying veterans and their family members at VA and Vet Centers. For more information on this see the links on the Veterans Re-Adjustment page. To read more on PTSD see the diagnostic Statistical manual DSM-V.Kevin@DrKevinOBrien.comFor helpful tips on coaching and improving the overall quality of life follow me on Twitter: @askDrKevin