I came into counseling when my mother died unexpectedly. It was like having the rug pulled out from under me. Suddenly, I did not know who I was any more. I had not realized how important my mother was to my own self-identity. I had a lot of crying to do, and I had a lot of questions to answer about what my own life was about. Bryan Austill at the Center led me through my grieving process and set me on the path of self discovery. Not an easy path, but I could not have done it without Bryan.


Trauma (PTSD, Dissociation, Self-Injury)

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is similar to a stress reaction and, in fact, many people who have experienced a traumatic event do develop PTSD. Those with PTSD may experience many of the same emotional and physical symptoms as those with a traumatic stress reaction. Those with PTSD, however, experience trauma along with intense fear, helplessness or horror and then develop intrusive symptoms (such as flashbacks or nightmares). Their symptoms will last more than a month and get in the way of normal life.

About 70 % of U.S. adults have experienced a severe traumatic event at least once in their life and one out of five go on to develop symptoms of PTSD

Approximately 8% of all adults have suffered from PTSD at any one time

If you include children and teens, an estimated 5% of all Americans will develop PTSD during their lifetime or more than 13 million people

About one in 10 women will develop PTSD symptoms during their lifetime or double the rate for men because they are much more likely to be victims of domestic violence, rape or abuse.

Almost 17% of men and 13% of women have experienced more than three traumatic events during their life.

Suffering traumatic stress can affect your emotions as well as your body and the two are so connected that it can be hard to tell the difference. For instance, traumatic stress can cause you to lose concentration, forget things, or have trouble sleeping. It may be difficult to determine on your own whether these symptoms are because you do not feel well physically or because you are still upset. Traumatic stress also can lead you to eat in unhealthy ways or to eat foods that are not healthy, and those eating patterns can affect how you sleep or how your stomach feels. Stress can cause headaches, but the pain from the headaches can also make your stress worsen.

Because the body and the mind work in concert, traumatic stress can cause a cycle that makes it seem like the body and mind are working against one another, worsening symptoms like pain and fatigue.

National Center for PTSD - Preventing or decreasing PTSD and other adverse consequences of trauma is the foremost aim of the National Center. This website is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress. (http://www.ncptsd.org)

Self Injury - Aspects of self injury, including the reasons, types of treatment, self-help pages, and contributions from readers. (http://www.palace.net/~llama/psych/injury.html)

Self Injury - Very nice article by Colleen Thompson. (http://www.mirror-mirror.org/selfinj.htm)

Coping with the Aftermath of a Disaster, Managing Traumatic Stress - American Psychological Association fact sheets from their “Psychology in Daily Life” series. (http://www.apa.org/topics/topicptsd.html)

Do you suffer from PTSD? - an article by Samaritan Counseling Center Executive Director, Elizabeth Myers - (http://samaritan-vail.org/index.php/vail-counseling/resources/do-you-suffer-from-ptsd/)