As we take time to show honor and gratitude to our Veterans, it is important to not only remember their sacrifices but also to understand the challenges they face once they return home. (more…)
At some point in our life, we will experience a form of trauma. Often unforeseen, these events can begin and end in an instant or emerge over time. Traumatic events can affect us for the rest of our lives. Many people who experience a traumatic event will recover from the symptoms naturally, however; those who continue to experience symptoms are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Affecting over 7.7 million adults, PTSD is often seen in victims of sexual assault and military veterans. Children can also have PTSD after a traumatic event and may withdraw from friends, refuse to talk or experience frequent stomach aches. (more…)
The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom. We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime. The issues that veterans struggle with are real, and they vary from person to person. At Lifeskills South Florida, we are proud to provide therapeutic services to veterans. On average, many our veterans suffer from co-occurring issues, such as some form of substance or alcohol abuse with an additional diagnosis of either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. (more…)
As a society, we are becoming more familiar and unfortunately accustomed to devastating mass violence events taking place at home and abroad. However, we see the images flash across the screen of our televisions and social media pages, but many times, we forget the toll events of this magnitude take on one’s mental health. (more…)
Trauma is a word used quite liberally in everyday language, typically to identify a highly stressful event. When we speak about trauma in the clinical sense, we are referring to an event that has completely overwhelmed an individual’s capacity to cope and this, of course, is entirely defined by the survivor. (more…)
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability. Cognitive processing therapy will typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a staple treatment method that is offered at most mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. This method of treatment is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and was originally created to treat individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder. However, DBT has also been proven to help individuals battling conditions such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and addiction. (more…)
Two studies examining entirely separate and distinct demographic groups suffering from PTSD found links between “abnormal stress response” and genetic heterogeneous receptor responses. (more…)