Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Unlike many therapists, I’ve experienced PTSD and have extra knowledge and skills in treating this life-altering disorder. I now consider myself fortunate to have emerged out the other side, and therefore privileged to gain a great deal of experience from the event. I am honored to walk with people on their journey of healing. 

PTSD can include a tsunami of symptoms after a traumatic event, including any of the following: 

·        Flashbacks of the traumatic event 

·        Avoiding experiences that remind you of the event 

·        Anger or irritability outbursts 

·        Nightmares 

·        Sobbing and crying uncontrollably at times 

·        Self-medication with food, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc. 

·        Survivor’s guilt

·        A higher risk of suicide

Fortunately, there is now an effective treatment for navigating the 9/11s of our lives. Dealing with PTSD is immobilizing and it’s important to receive help as soon as possible. However, even if you haven’t received help for years, you can greatly benefit from treatment. The sooner you receive the right type of help, the better you will feel. Of course you most likely want to avoid anything thinking about the situation, but the more you prolong receiving help, the more entrenched your symptoms will become. I hope you will have the courage to receive help. I truly know how difficult this is, but your life will probably feel like it’s on hold unless you take steps to receive the proper help. Otherwise the event may actually ends up ruling your life, even though it feels like you are ruling over it by not facing it. Although I understand the power the event may hold over you, I strongly encourage you to reach out for help.

~It’s time to face your fear.~