Counseling for Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD | Columbia, Missouri | Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, LCSW
PTSD can affect anyone. The good news is anyone can get better.
PTSD Symptoms Can Include Flashbacks, Panic Attacks, and Isolating Yourself
PTSD is a pretty miserable condition. It can steal the joy from your life. I wish no one ever had to suffer from this. Since we can't take this away from the world (at least yet!) I focus on helping people heal from PTSD as quickly as possible.
What is PTSD? Who gets it?
Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can effect anyone. We first learned about it from reports of veterans who'd survived wars. Over time, specialists began to notice that women who'd experienced assault as well as others who'd gone through a traumatic event developed similar symptoms to veterans who'd returned from war. A serious car accident, traumatic death, physical or sexual assault, witnessing or discovering a suicide or other death, or any major event that shakes our confidence in the world and our safety can all be considered traumatic. At least 75% of people experience one or more traumatic events in their lifetime. About 20% of those who experience trauma go on to develop PTSD.
Many thousands of PTSD cases in Columbia, Mo.
At any given time, around 8% of the U.S. Population is actively dealing with PTSD. This would conservatively mean about 9,000 people in Columbia, Mo., have PTSD as of today, (or at least based on the 2017 census data). However, PTSD rates are much higher in college students (between 15% and 25%), so that means there are around 4,000 to 5000 active cases of PTSD just among Mizzou students. This doesn't even account for Columbia College or Stephens College students.
Not all trauma turns into PTSD.
Immediately after a traumatic event, it's normal to feel shaken up, have nightmares, experience anxiety, and feel a bit depressed. Over time, typically within a month or two, many people return to their normal lives, although they may always be impacted in negative or positive ways by the trauma. However, if someone is still experiencing symptoms months or years later following a trauma, this may be PTSD.
PTSD symptoms can include among others:
Avoiding thinking about, remembering or feeling after the trauma
Hypervigilance, feeling on edge, watching your back
Not trusting yourself, others, or the world in general (even when you know someone is a safe person)
Nightmares, intrusive memories, thinking of the trauma in the middle of having a good day/experience
You can also see Jennie talk about PTSD on Radio & Friends with Paul Pepper at the video below or watch this longer video about symptoms from another professional below.
Would you like to move forward with tools that help and heal? I would love to talk to you about overcoming problems like severe anxiety, trauma, panic attacks and PTSD. Call or text me at 573/291-7315, or e-mail