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Dr. Ranson is a registered psychologist with 20 years of professional practice helping individuals and couples resolve their inner, interpersonal, or circumstantial difficulties to live happier, more satisfying, and more successful lives. See what she treats, review her approach, confirm her credentials, ask her a question, or book an appointment. 

Post-traumatic Stress

Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Post-traumatic stress symptoms result from experiences that were life-threatening or endangering, like the motor vehicle accident pictured here. 

Post-traumatic stress symptoms result from experiences that were life-threatening or endangering, like the motor vehicle accident pictured here. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder is, technically, an anxiety disorder; however, the experience (and cause) of PTSD can differ from the more generalized anxiety disorders. PTSD occurs when there has been a traumatic experience in the life of an individual in which he/she felt endangered, and over which he/she had little- to no- control (e.g., a crime, a motor-vehicle accident, a safety-threatening encounter with nature, the experience of abuse as a child). The markers of PTSD include:

  • re-living the event in one's thoughts
  • determined avoidance of factors that remind one of the event or could lead to feelings of re-endangerment
  • the experience of nightmares
  • the experience of panic reactions

Sometimes, the individual feels debilitated by a sense of life "closing in," or by a specific sense of fear, or avoidance, but he/she does not always make a direct connection between the symptoms and the original trauma. This is particularly true when the symptoms occur in adulthood, but the trauma occurred in childhood.