Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some individuals develop after witnessing or experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. While most people experience a spectrum of emotions in response to trauma, those with PTSD experience symptoms that may interfere with work, school, and daily life for months or even years following the event.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms may set in immediately or emerge months later, and are often both cognitive and somatic in nature. The symptoms of PTSD are typically categorized into four types – re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal and reactivity, cognitive and mood. Adults struggling with PTSD may experience:

  • Flashbacks and bad dreams
  • Hyperarousal: feeling tense or on edge, easy to startle, jittery
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Angry Outbursts
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
  • Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event


PTSD can be effectively treated with a combination of psychotherapy, psychiatric interventions, and integrative services. Therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), among others, have a very high success rate in the treatment of PTSD, while a number of medications have proven to be useful in alleviating symptoms. This mind-body approach is critical in healing physiologic conditions like PTSD. Through True Life’s neurobiological approach – which combines acupuncture, fitness, mindfulness, yoga and nutrition with psychotherapy and psychiatric interventions – patients with PTSD learn to mitigate trauma’s impact on the mind and body, and develop strategies for sustainable health practices.