Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
1 month after an event like physical or sexual violence, a natural disaster, accident, injury, or death, you may have unwanted memories, thoughts or nightmares, anger or irritability, feel on edge, guilt, shame, fear, or numbness, avoid reminders, or have negative thoughts about yourself or others.
Acute stress disorder
Following the same kinds of events that can lead to PTSD, similar symptoms develop lasting between 3 days to 1 month.
Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)
Often resulting from severe early traumatic experiences such as neglect or abuse, kids can become very comfortable separating from their caregivers, overly affectionate or unafraid and wander off with unfamiliar people.
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
Often starting before 5 years old, after chronically unmet emotional needs or frequent changes in caregivers, kids can have difficulty forming secure attachments, and become irritable, sad, fearful, and withdrawn, rarely seeking comfort or not responding to comfort when distressed.
Severe emotional or behavioural changes can occur in adults or kids following a major change, loss, or transition, like divorce, job loss or death.
Prolonged grief disorder (complicated/traumatic grief)
Grief, such as feeling like you lost a part of yourself, disbelief, avoidance of reminders, intense emotional pain, or severe loneliness, following the death of a loved one that lasts more than 1 year in adults, or 6 months in kids.
Trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body.
- Bessel van der Kolk
Adult Trauma Assessment
Do you wonder if you're living with an undiagnosed trauma or stress related disorder? A mental health assessment can help you clarify and contextualize your experiences and get you started on the right track toward a healthier, happier life.
Counselling is proven effective for helping adults, kids, teens, and relationships affected by trauma or stress related disorders. Gain insight, develop adaptive coping strategies, and cultivate a more fulfilling life for yourself and your loved ones.
PTSD is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of having tried to survive something that should have never happened.
- J. L. Witterick