Individualized Treatment for PTSD and Eating DisordersCastlewood has skilled clinicians with sub-specialty training and expertise in the treatment of PTSD and Eating Disorders. Many clients that suffer from eating disorders have a history of trauma that often intrudes on their present life in such a manner that they feel overwhelmed, hypervigilant, and anxious. This results in the need for a coping mechanism to help them numb or avoid the traumatic memories and PTSD symptoms. The Eating Disorder provides such a coping mechanism. For many clients the underlying trauma must be addressed in order for symptoms to remit. A PTSD eating disorder requires very specialized and individualized care.
Symptoms of PTSD and Eating Disorders as a Coping MechanismsClient-centered, compassionate care is essential for a person with underlying trauma issues, and the trauma related PTSD eating disorders that they are often expressed through. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an Anxiety Disorder that develops after exposure to an extreme traumatic event, or series of events, that cause psychological trauma. PTSD can result after a single event such as a rape, car accident, or assault. Or PTSD can result after prolonged exposure to domestic violence, childhood abuse or neglect, or war.
Some common symptoms of PTSD and prolonged traumatic exposure anxiety are:
- Avoiding places, feelings, thoughts or activities that remind the person of the traumatic event
- Frightening thoughts
- Flashbacks of the traumatic event
- Outbursts of anger/irritability
- Hopelessness and/or severe depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Emotional numbness
- Stomach problems, headaches, chest pain, dizziness
- Loss of interest in life and usual activities
- Finding it difficult to fall asleep or to get back to sleep after waking up
- Detachment from people and relationships