Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has a stereotype of being a diagnosis mainly given to war veterans. But there are many women who have experienced trauma that causes symptoms of PTSD just as if they have been through war. In a trauma therapy program, women can benefit from feeling safe, respected, and honored in telling their stories. The signs of trauma in women can be long-lasting and cause repercussions that last for years. Our compassionate mental health specialists at Greater Boston Addiction Centers offer a trauma therapy program that can accelerate recovery. Please find out more when you contact us online or call 877.920.6583.
Trauma Sees No Gender
Women and men both experience trauma across all races, backgrounds, and lifestyles. However, there are patterns in the ways that women tend to deal with their trauma, which can be helpful to know when choosing a recovery program.
Trauma can happen to women in many different settings, at any age. Some common experiences that cause PTSD in women include:
- Sexual or physical assault
- Loss of a child, miscarriage, and pregnancy-related trauma
- Witnessing violence or life-threatening behaviors
- A serious accident, such as a car crash
- Experiencing a natural disaster such as a large earthquake, flood, tornado, fire, or hurricane
- Combat in the military, injury from sports
Because of the stereotypes that women are expected to fall into, it can be difficult for women with PTSD to feel like they fit in anywhere. Women with PTSD may be labeled as angrier and more aggressive than the stereotypically more passive woman who keeps things light. However, this stereotype is itself a fantasy; people have a wide range of personalities, but PTSD can undoubtedly make it more challenging to connect with others.
When you join a trauma therapy program, you can feel free to fully be yourself, and explore ways to creatively and authentically express yourself. As you work with non-judgmental and experienced specialists, you can shed away the layers of trauma to reveal your true, beautiful self. Through individual, group, and family therapy, you can practice communicating in ways that help you grow through your triggers.
Signs of Trauma in Women
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and Greater Boston Addiction Centers is here to help. Women who have experienced trauma may show the following symptoms and behaviors:
- Flashbacks and repeated negative thoughts
- Depression and anxiety
- Avoiding situations or people that may remind them of a traumatic event
- Insomnia and heightened sensitivity to surrounding noises and lights, easily startled
- Muscle tension, spasms, and pain
PTSD can make anyone feel like they’ve lost touch with their loved ones, their happy memories, and themselves. Unbiased, third-party professionals can provide you with the space and support needed to get back in touch with your true self and live a life you can feel present in and proud of. Find out more about trauma therapy programs and more at Greater Boston Addiction Centers today.
Focus on Mental Health at Greater Boston Addiction Centers
At Greater Boston Addiction Centers, our team understands that mental health is fundamental in recovery from trauma and addiction. Find out more about our mental health programs, including:
- Trauma therapy program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Life skills training
Nobody should have to feel continual guilt, shame, and fear simply because they survived a traumatic experience. At GBAC, our team invites people of all genders, sexual identities, creeds, and cultures to find peace and self-love through our therapy programs. We are ready to help you start your journey towards healing. Reach out online or call 877.920.6583 to speak with our friendly staff today.