Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) is a type of mental illness that can develop after exposure to actual or threatened death, violence, or sexual injury. One of the hallmarks of PTSD is the recurrent and involuntary re-experiencing of the past traumatic event trigger by something in the present. PTSD can be linked to a range of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disturbances. PTSD can also effect intimate relationships as well. Because the events that are at the root of PTSD trigger a chain of distorted thoughts around how the past is revisiting the present, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help by accessing these cognitive distortions and correcting them. These types of cognitive interventions identify and challenge maladaptive beliefs that contribute to the development and maintenance of PTSD, especially relationship distress. CBT can effectively treat PTSD through behavioral interventions as well. These behavioral interventions help to reduce avoidance of trauma-related cues.