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What is trauma? A trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing experience. Any adverse event can be disturbing and some people can have lasting effects from trauma. Some examples of traumatic events can include, but are not limited to:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Community Violence
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Death
  • Sexual Assault
  • Physical Abuse
  • Natural Disaster
  • Divorce
  • Loss
  • Toxic relationships
  • Car accidents
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Research has shown that one can’t choose how they react to trauma. You body has a sympathetic nervous system and depending on all sorts of factors, your brain decides on whether to put you into fight or flight.

Bessel van der Kolk is a Psychiatrist who has over 40 years of research into trauma. His studies have found via MRI that trauma rewires the brain and changes the way people experience the world.

One of the largest studies on adverse childhood experiences was led by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente. It was a “groundbreaking health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems.

Research has shown that one can’t choose how they react to trauma. You body has a sympathetic nervous system and depending on all sorts of factors, your brain decides on whether to put you into fight or flight.

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ACE – Adverse Childhood Experience.

What is ACE?

ACE stands for adverse childhood experience. 64% of adults have at least one. If you have one, there is an 87% change that you have two or more. Note that the study participants were mostly white, middle to upper middle class, college educated with great jobs and great healthcare.

The Top 10 ACE’s Researchers Measured:

Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

Physical and emotional neglect.

A family member who is:

  • depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness;
  • addicted to alcohol or another substance;
  • in prison.

Witnessing a mother being abused.

Losing a parent to separation, divorce or another reason.

While the results are shocking – this is RISK, not destiny.  You can’t change your past, but you can use this information to guide your future.  Families can work together to stop generational abuse and people can change.

Trauma specific therapy can be life changing and reduce your risk for chronic illness.

Total Life Counseling can work with you individually or as a family and reduce symptoms of trauma and get your back to living a full life. There are many drug free ways to manage your symptoms of PTSD and trauma.

We have therapists that offer trauma specific treatment like The Rewind Technique, Clinical Hypnosis, Revisioning, Tapping and more.

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What are the symptoms or behaviors as a result of PTSD from a Car Accident?

I recently received a phone call asking, “Is it possible to have PTSD after a car wreck? I thought this disorder mainly occurred in veterans or child abuse survivors.”

Absolutely! Car accidents can certainly be traumatic! You don’t have to experience military combat or childhood abuse to develop it. The probability of developing PTSD increases if you or someone else was seriously injured, felt out of control, believed you were in grave danger, or experienced a previous car accident or another traumatic incident.

People rarely expect that a car accident could have such far ranging psychological consequences as PTSD. After an accident, people may fear riding in a car, driving by the accident site, jump when they hear sirens, experience nightmares, and may not be able to articulate what happened to them. Getting to sleep or remain sleeping at night may become a problem. These are a few of the symptoms that can occur following a car wreck. However after a few months, most people’s fear and anxiety dissipate. However with PTSD, these symptoms continue to persist and interfere with their lives. I often work with insurance companies and lawyers to provide treatment for their clients. A self-report test is given initially to see if there are sufficient symptoms to warrent a diagnosis of PTSD. This test also determines the severity of the symptoms and ways in which the accident has disrupted a person’s life. View more symptoms at the bottom of this page.

Grief counseling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for someone may feel that a loved one is going to die but it’s not likely. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. This can handicap that person’s ability to stay present whilst simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying relative.


What about PTSD from a Dog Bite?

Cartoons represent dog bites as silly, seemingly harmless events. The truth is far more serious. A large percentage of dog attacks leave their victims with debilitating scars, both physical and psychological. The sound of dogs barking or even venturing outdoors can become a fear provoking situation. Because dogs target the face, neck and head of a child, reconstructive surgery is often required. Even with these surgeries, a child may remain disfigured. So not only do these children have to face corrective surgery, they also may have difficulty finding friends. It is not unusual for children as well as adults to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from dog attacks. These attacks may remain very traumatic and stress provoking long after the bites occur.

If you have suffered from a dog bite and have continued fears, nightmares, and difficulties handling difficult situations with life, call us for a PTSD evaluation (407) 248-0030. It is possible to recover from this trauma and gain a better capacity to deal with the difficulties stemming from this very terrifying occurrence.

The Center for Disease Center and the American Veterinarian Association reveal a great deal of statistical information about dog bites. Did you know that: Children are the most frequent targets.

  1. The highest incident rate is for 5-9 year olds
  2. For children 10 and under, 77% of injuries are to the face, neck, and head
  3. The family dog was the aggressor in 47% of the attacks on children 4 and under.
  4. 4.7 million attacks per year 800,000 of these require medical attention 386,000 require emergency room treatment 32 people died in 2007 from dog mauling and 3 of those were in Florida
  5. Three breeds most likely to bite are Pit bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepards
  6. Pit bulls comprise 1/3 of all fatal dog bites
  7. Male dogs ages 1-5 are three times more likely to bite than spayed or neutered animals
  8. Chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs
  9. Majority of dog attacks occurred at home or at a friend’s house Insurance companies pay out about $1 billion dollars per year due to dog bites

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  1. EFT – Emotion Freedom Techniques is a very effective short term therapy used in helping people be free from the intense feelings of trauma.  This technique is used in addictions treatments as well and in many cases more effective than 12 step programs!
  2. EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is used also for Military Veterans and highly successful in freeing them from the intense trauma they have endured in war and used for auto accidents, dog bites, substance abuse, addictions and more!  Read More
  3. TF CBT – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people change their thinking patterns and the way they react to anxiety provoking situations.
  4. Rapid Resolution Therapy in a Nut Shell is a method of therapy that pinpoints and addresses an inner issue through clinical hypnosis. Similar to traditional hypnosis the counselor guides the client through their sub-conscious to find the root of their issues. Depending on the issue at hand the counselor will guide each client differently. Rapid Resolution Therapy is the quickest form of therapy for those trying to move on from traumatic events.
  5. Wellness & Supplements: Interestingly, twenty minutes of aerobic exercise per day is thought to be an effective weapon against anxiety. Good nutrition is essential and adding supplements such as B Vitamins, calcium, amino acids, and Vitamin C may be important but the quality of the supplements are paramount.  We can direct you to the right health food stores to get the right brands that often work immediately. Caffeine and cigarettes aggravate anxiety and should be eliminated or decreased.  Often with your treatment for PTSD the cravings to smoke or drink caffeine are reduced considerably.

If you have been the victim of a car accident, dog bite, sexual assault, rape, robbery, or any other traumatic experience then you can have symptoms of PTSD. If you are suffering from PTSD, there is no reason to suffer long-term from its consequences.

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