Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that is experienced when a person sees or lives through a dangerous event. It is natural for a person who experiences a trauma to react in a “fight or flight” manner. Their body may tense, heart begins to race or palms begin to sweat, all healthy reactions. However, when a person experiences these reactions when they are no longer in danger, it can become difficult to function under normal circumstances.
Approximately 7.7 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 3.5% of the adult population at any given time, suffer from PTSD. One type of treatment that CAST provides to assist an individual with their trauma is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.