Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop from several distressing experiences or traumatic events. In some instances, witnessing or dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event can also produce a natural stress response. Pristine Mental Health is equipped to treat a variety of PTSD cases, and we are specifically well-acquainted with treating first responders and military personnel. We work closely with the Department of Labor and Industries by assisting with worker’s compensation claims. In fact, we have treated over 100 first responders in the last few years!


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According to research, PTSD can occur in all people of any ethnicity, nationality, culture, and age. Approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults are affected every year, and an estimated 1 in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a pattern of disruptive thoughts, dreams and flashbacks, brought on by a direct or indirect traumatic or upsetting event.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of PTSD typically manifest in the form of thoughts and memories of the triggering event that can be highly disruptive and gravely impact daily function. Other symptoms include avoidance of situations and activities that may trigger these thoughts, a distorted self-image (feeling guilty, self-blame, and/or self-loathing), paranoia, agitation, and hyperarousal to loud sounds and unexpected touch.

The PCL-5 is a self-evaluation to assess PTSD symptoms and monitor severity.

What are the causes?

The cause of PTSD is not fully understood but is believed to be caused by events involving severe trauma, for which the nature can be comprehensive. Anyone can develop PTSD, though the condition is particularly prominent amongst first responders and military personnel.   

How does Pristine Mental Health treat PTSD?

Conclusion/Final Comments

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


    In the last 30 days, how much difficulty did you have in:

    1. Repeated, disturbing, and unwanted memories of the
    stressful experience?

    2. Repeated, disturbing dreams of the stressful experience?

    3. Suddenly feeling or acting as if the stressful experience were actually happening again (as if you were actually back there reliving it)?

    4. Feeling very upset when something reminded you of the stressful experience?

    5. Having strong physical reactions when something reminded you of the stressful experience (for example, heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating)?

    6. Avoiding memories, thoughts, or feelings related to the stressful experience?

    7. Avoiding external reminders of the stressful experience (for example, people, places, conversations, activities, objects, or situations)?

    8. Trouble remembering important parts of the stressful experience?

    9. Having strong negative beliefs about yourself, other people, or the world (for example, having thoughts such as: I am bad, there is something seriously wrong with me, no one can be trusted, the world is completely dangerous)?

    10. Blaming yourself or someone else for the stressful experience or what happened after it?

    11. Having strong negative feelings such as fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame?

    12. Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy?

    13. Feeling distant or cut off from other people?

    14. Trouble experiencing positive feelings (for example, being unable to feel happiness or have loving feelings for people close to you)?

    15. Irritable behavior, angry outbursts, or acting aggressively?

    16. Taking too many risks or doing things that could cause you harm?

    17. Being “superalert” or watchful or on guard?

    18. Feeling jumpy or easily startled?

    19. Having difficulty concentrating?

    20. Trouble falling or staying asleep?