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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This can include events such as combat, sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, accidents, verbally/emotionally abusive relationships, and other violent incidents. Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of triggers, adverse changes in mood and thinking, and hyperarousal (constantly being on high alert). PTSD can have a significant impact on a person's daily life and can be treated with therapy. Traumatic events do not always mean that you will develop PTSD, yet you may have been profoundly impacted by the incidents and require some assistance to navigate the experience.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, seeking professional help and support is vital. Effective treatment for PTSD often involves Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), or Somatic Therapy. CBT focuses on helping individuals change their negative thoughts and behaviors related to the traumatic event. EMDR uses a structured protocol accompanied by eye movements to reduce the intensity of traumatic memories. Somatic therapy addresses the holding and release of trauma inside the body, which has a profound impact on the mind.
Juniper always attempts to treat PTSD and trauma through therapeutic interventions, yet sometimes, the added support of an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication can be beneficial to your care. She puts great consideration into making this suggestion and recommending the referred support of a prescribing physician should she deem medication would be helpful. It is important to work with Juniper to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. With the proper treatment and support, it's possible to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.

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