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PTSD can be caused by events in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. 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 important to seek treatment in order to heal. Around 65% of children experience at least one traumatic event during childhood, and around 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 experienced any of the following, a Florida treatment program for PTSD may be the catalyst you need to begin the healing process. Call Harmony Hills at 855.494.0357 for assistance healing from any of the following traumatic experiences:

  • Physical abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Emotional neglect
  • Witnessing parental violence
  • Witnessing other violence
  • Death of a close family member
  • Being removed from the home
  • Substance abuse in the home
  • Sexual abuse
  • Household mental illness
  • Someone living in the home being incarcerated

How do Adults React to Trauma?

man at a ptsd treatment programExperiencing trauma can cause PTSD. With the right therapist, group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy have been shown to help people recover from PTSD.

  • 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  • Becoming withdrawn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. Trauma can be caused by a number of events, including:

  • Abuse (psychological, physical, or sexual)
  • Violence (home, community or school)
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Neglect
  • Domestic violence (witnessing or experiencing)
  • Terrorism or natural disasters
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Refugee or war experiences
  • Military family-related stressors (deployment, parental loss or injury)
  • Serious accidents or life-threatening illnesses

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

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

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

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 Florida 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, a PTSD treatment program can help you heal. Call 855.494.0357 to get started at Harmony Hills.