At least 9,000 people in Columbia, Mo. have PTSD right now

Around 8% of the general population has active PTSD. Among college students, the number is 15% or higher.

Think of 10 people you know in Columbia, Mo. One to three of them would be statistically likely to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) right now. Or, this could be you. Many people don't know about this disorder and may not even know why they're having specific symptoms. If they do know, they may not know there's help. Here are common questions people may be asking if they are wondering about symptoms:

Why do I have anxiety?

What is PTSD?

Do I have PTSD?

What is the best therapy?

How do I manage symptoms?

Here's a quick response to each of these common questions:

Why you have anxiety

There are many reasons for anxiety. Everyone experiences this from time to time. Severe anxiety, however, may be caused by something else, and can be treated. Most clients I meet with are either dealing with general anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. These are treated fairly similarly, and both can get significantly better or even heal altogether.

About PTSD

PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder. It can effect anyone, and is more common among students and women. It occurs when we get stuck in the aftermath of a trauma, and haven't been able to move forward.

Do I have PTSD?

Only a qualified therapist or doctor can officially diagnose PTSD. There are four categories of symptoms. The most common day to day symptoms I see are:

*Intrusive memories or extreme avoidance of thinking about a past trauma

*Severe anxiety (often in crowds and public places like Wal-Mart) and sometimes panic attacks; anxiety is often related to sex (especially if the trauma was a rape or other sexual assault), feeling jumpy and startled around corners *Nightmares and/or sleep issues *Depression and self-blaming thoughts, guilt and shame, and/or feeling others can't be trusted and the world is an unsafe place

What is the best therapy?

There are a few types of therapies shown to work best. Here's a post about those.

How do I manage symptoms?

The first step I take with clients is anxiety management, so they can get through the day easier while we're continuing treatment. Try these anxiety tips for now.

If you'd like help for severe anxiety or post-traumatic stress in Columbia, Mo., call, text or e-mail Jennie at 573/291-7315.

The Counseling Palette offers trauma, anxiety and PTSD therapy.

The Counseling Palette 

Text: 573/291-7315


Currently offering appointments only via telehealth (phone or video chat)

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