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PTSD can be caused by emotionally overwhelming events that occur in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This mental health issue is characterized by intrusive thoughts, memories, and flashbacks of the traumatic event. PTSD can have a significant impact on a person’s life. The condition can interfere with work, school, and personal relationships. However, with treatment, those with PTSD can begin recovering. Call Harmony Hills at 855.494.0357 for assistance in healing from our PTSD treatment program in Florida or any of our other mental health treatment programs.

What Is Trauma and How Does It Lead to PTSD?a man talks to a therapist at a ptsd treatment program in florida

Trauma is any event that someone experiences that is psychologically or physically threatening. The experience of trauma can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Trauma can occur in many different ways. For instance, it may be caused by any of the following traumatic experiences:

  • Physical abuse or neglect
  • Emotional abuse or neglect
  • Witnessing parental or other violence
  • Death of a close family member
  • Removal from the home
  • Military combat
  • Someone living in the home being incarcerated

The Effects of Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma refers to a dangerous, inappropriate, violent, or scary event that affects a child’s development. Experiencing severe childhood trauma increases the likelihood that a person will suffer from substance use disorder later in life. Clinicians sometimes refer to traumatic events as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). If you experienced trauma as a child, it is essential to seek treatment to heal. Around 65% of children experience at least one traumatic event during childhood, and about 40% of children experience two or more ACEs.

In many cases, experiencing a greater number of ACEs as a child puts people at greater risk of developing PTSD as an adult. If you have experienced any of the following, a treatment program for PTSD may be the catalyst you need to begin the healing process.

How Do Adults React to Trauma?

Experiencing trauma can cause PTSD. With the right therapist, group therapycognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy have been shown to help people recover from PTSD. It can also address symptoms such as:

  • Severe depression and loneliness
  • Inappropriate sexual activity
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Extreme risk-taking behavior
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Feeling distracted
  • Developing an eating disorders

If you are worried that you or your loved one has experienced unresolved childhood trauma, Harmony Hills now offers trauma-informed therapy for PTSD. Our therapists are available for in-person and telehealth services.

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)

Trauma-informed therapy at Harmony Hills offers a perspective that acknowledges the pervasive influence and impact of violence and abuse on a person’s psyche. This particular type of treatment allows people heal from the effects of trauma and develop a greater sense of control in their lives. There are multiple benefits of trauma-informed care, including:

  • A feeling of safety and trust
  • Empowerment
  • Increased insight
  • Improved coping skills
  • Greater self-awareness

TIC is an approach that relies on your strengths. It is person-centered and trauma-sensitive. It focuses on safety and collaboration as you work with your therapist to explore the ways in which your trauma has affected you. TIC is an effective form of treatment for PTSD, and it can also address other underlying mental health issues.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health-related PTSD and addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are not alone. Many people who have problems with substance abuse also suffer from mental health disorders. At Harmony Hills, our team understands how to deal with these issues simultaneously. Evidence shows that the most effective mental health treatment therapies have to consider all aspects of someone’s physical and mental health.

In addition, a person may not experience only one type of mental health condition in their lifetime. Harmony Hills offers a range of therapies to help heal the mind, body, and spirit from the effects of trauma and other mental health concerns. Some of the mental health issues we treat include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • PTSD

Learn More About Our PTSD Treatment Program at Harmony Hills

Not every person who has experienced trauma shows outward signs of PTSD. Often the effects of trauma and PTSD manifest themselves during adolescence and adulthood. Keeping something a secret usually makes it worse; PTSD treatment can be life-changing with the right therapist. Adults who experienced severe trauma during their childhood or adolescence are much more likely to suffer from substance abuse disorder, depression, anger issues, and other mental health problems.

We cannot overstate the importance of speaking with a PTSD therapist if you have unresolved trauma in your past. Working through these issues with a therapist can have a tremendous impact on your relationships with friends, families, and loved ones. At Harmony Hills, we do not offer pediatric counseling, but we can recommend a therapist who does. We specialize in the following types of mental wellness therapy:

Unhealed trauma often results in PTSD. If you often find yourself acting in ways you don’t like or understand, then a PTSD treatment program can help you heal. Call 855.494.0357 to get started at Harmony Hills.