What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, can be defined as the symptoms associated with trauma, or a specific life experience, typically one that is life-threatening or involves a serious injury. However, trauma doesn’t always have to be a big ‘T,’ it can be any experience that, although it is done and over, it is still having an effect on a person.

Trauma is the only thing that the body doesn’t repair on its own. When your body is physically harmed, whether it’s a cut on your arm or a broken finger, it heals over time. Your body doesn’t heal from trauma, which is why people have PTSD.

The brain encodes and stores traumatic experiences much differently than it does normal experiences.

Usually after people experience or witness an event involving intense fear, helplessness or horror (such as rape, molestation, war, etc.), strong emotions emerge in the brain: some people become anxious, some become depressed, and many lose their focus or motivation. These emotions create changes in the brain. The resulting distress can last over a period of a few weeks to a few months. Some people find that the emotions eventually subside and they are able to function properly. Most, however, continue to be profoundly affected by the experience for many months or even years later, resulting in depression, anxiety, guilt, grief, shame, anger, resentments, low self esteem, etc.—all indications of PTSD. (See SYMPTOMS for complete details of the signs of PTSD.)

Statistically, approximately 7-8% of people in the United States will develop PTSD in their lifetime, with a higher occurrence in combat veterans and rape victims, ranging from 10% to as high as 30%.

PTSD Symptoms


If you’ve experienced trauma, getting through the day can feel like climbing Mount Everest. Survivors of trauma, whether physical or psychological, typically experience an initial feeling of relief to be alive, often followed by stress reactions, both physical and emotional.

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Can PTSD get better?


There is a common misconception that trauma stays with you forever—this is NOT true! Specialists in trauma resolution have developed revolutionary methods that have proven to be highly effective in eliminating the underlying roots of trauma.

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PTSD Treatments


Conventional treatments of PTSD include traditional psychotherapy or counseling, often used in conjunction with other methods such as medication and hypnosis.

Many experts, however, agree that those treatments do little to help.

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Sarasota Counseling & Therapy


Dr. Quintal & Associates is a counseling center located in Lakewood Ranch, FL with a highly trained staff of professional therapists that specialize in fast & effective PTSD treatment. Follow the link to learn more about Dr. Quintal & Associates and how you can get treatment.

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I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about you and this therapy. After going through several years of therapy, I was pretty resigned to coping with my PTSD symptoms for the rest of my life. My life changed after that 1 session. No more nightmares. No more flashbacks. No more panic attacks.–Jamie

Since our meeting, I no longer struggle with these negative feelings or painful memories. I feel much happier and lighter. One of my greatest fears was that the best part of me had been sacrificed, compromised and was lost to the past. I now know that this is not the truth and that the best possible version of me is the one that I am continuing to become every day.–Emily

Just wanted to say thank you for everything. Things in my life are really starting to look up, and I’m feeling much better about myself these days. The session you did made my anxiety feelings go away. When I think about what happened I still don’t have a sick feeling. That was amazing!–Amy