Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that typically develops after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that can cause intense fear, helplessness, and horror.

Most people who live through a traumatic event will have reactions that can include, anger, nervousness, shock, guilt and fear. These reactions are common, and for most people, they fade away over time. When these emotions continue and increase to the point that an individual's quality of life is negatively affected for more than a month, he/shemay be diagnosed with PTSD.

PTSD symptoms are typically grouped into three categories, including:

  • Re-living: People with PTSD may repeatedly re-live the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. This may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares.
  • Avoidance: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. The act of avoiding can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends.
  • Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being "jumpy" or easily startled.

How does CAST treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

When a client arrives at CAST, he or she is assigned a therapist who performs a complete initial evaluation. If a previous diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been made, this will be carefully examined. The clinical team meets to discuss each individual who arrives at CAST and the entire team is involved in creating a comprehensive treatment plan.

At CAST we strongly believe that an individual is more than a disorder, thus not every individual with the same disorder will have the same treatment plan. With a clinical team comprised of empathetic and skilled PhD's, MFT's, Psychiatrists, Physicians, and Psychologists, we determine treatment plans taking into account the most relevant research, techniques, and combined experience of the clinical team. We understand treatment is a process, and at CAST our goal is to create a healing environment that both challenges and supports in order to foster growth.

Treatment plans may include any of the following:

  • Structured transitional living homes for both men and women
  • Individual therapy sessions may include:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Psychotherapy
  • Intensive outpatient groups that may include:
    • Authentic Empowerment
    • Emotional Self-Awareness
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Seeking Safety - Trauma Informed Care
    • Feeding the Hunger Within
    • Healing Through Hypnosis
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Art Therapy
    • Money Management in Recovery
    • Managing Moods
    • Mindfulness
    • Emotional Sobriety
    • Friends and Family Support Group
    • Partners in Recovery
  • Holistic therapeutic techniques may include:
    • Yoga
    • Meditation
    • Acupuncture
    • Exercise
  • Family therapy sessions
    • Family therapy with client
    • Family therapy without client
    • Spousal/Significant other therapy

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