What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), develops when you go through see or learn about an event involving real or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. Researchers are not sure what makes one person more likely to develop PTSD symptoms than another, but the effects can be life altering.
Symptoms generally are grouped into four categories: intrusive thoughts, avoidance of things, and people that are reminders of the event(s), negative changes mood and feelings, and nervous system over-responsiveness to things that are reminiscent of the original trauma. These symptoms are not unusual shortly after trauma, but if they persist beyond several weeks, these symptoms constitute a form of PTSD. If you or someone you know is displaying these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment from a licensed professional.
Various forms of effective therapy for PTSD exist, they include, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, Talk therapy, and medication. Assessment by a trained, licensed psychologist can help determine the right treatment for you. Specialized treatments exist for veterans, children, and victims of sexual abuse, and accidental injury. With over twenty years of experience in this area we can work together to achieve a positive resolution of symptoms.
COGNITIVE REMEDIATION THERAPY
Cognitive remediation involves the application of a constellation of procedures to help the head injured patient develop skills and strategies the need to overcome their cognitive deficits. This is accomplished through restoring cognitive function and/or providing strategies to compensate for lost skills. The initial neuropsychological evaluation identifies a set of cognitive processes which have become impaired by the injury, and a training program is set up to remediate those processes. The program involves a calculated approach to build strengths in areas of cognitive weakness. This approach provides data based planning and facilitates treatment decision making. Ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of the treatment is possible. Sound decision making about when to continue, modify , or terminate a particular treatment activity can be made. The ultimate goal of retraining of cognitive processes is a reorganization of thought processes and a return to adaptive functioning.