According to the DSM-5 (fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) diagnostic criteria for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) requires that an individual has been exposed to a the threat of death; serious injury; or sexual abuse. The exposure must come from one or more of the following scenarios, where the individual:
- Have experienced a traumatic event; and or
- Has witnessed a traumatic event; and or
- Have a family member or relatives who have experienced a severe traumatic event; and or
- Has been subjected to primary repeated or extreme exposure to unsavory details of the traumatic event.
Exposure therapy is aimed at the patient to confront the trauma-related stimuli that cause stress and anxiety that is usually avoided by the patient. This may mean that we need to recreate the traumatic memory, and thus expose the patient to the traumatic event in the imagination, or to visit the site of the traumatic event and thus expose the patient to “real life” (in vivo exposure).
We offer different types of therapies or counseling depending on your needs. Contact us by calling 855-398-9837 and know more about how we can help you.