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Posttraumatic stress disorder and childhood experiences may be related.  PTSD may occur when an individual has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, re-lives the traumatic event and feels a sense of intense fear, helplessness or horror.  But not everyone who exposed to a traumatic event, such as having a gun pointed at them, being in a motor vehicle accident, being beaten up, or robbed develops PTSD symptoms.  However, adults who do develop posttraumatic stress disorders have been found to have experienced childhood family environmental stressors, such as family conflict, parental distress and even the loss of a family member. Chronic family adversity has been show to significantly increase the risk for developing PTSD as an adult. There is also an additive effect of accumulated childhood risk increasing the chances of developing PTSD symptoms.  That is, the more childhood adversity one experienced, the greater their chances of developing posttraumatic stress disorder if faced with a horrific event as an adult. So, posttraumatic stress disorder and childhood may be related through family stressors and other adversities experienced as a child.

Childhood experiences, such as growing up in poverty, being exposed to childhood family stress or conflict, a parent in distress and the loss of a parent are only some of the experiences that have been shown to increase the risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder as an adult.  The point is that the reason some people may develop posttraumatic stress disorder and others do not may partially be related to conditions of early childhood.  While witnessing or experiencing a horrific event as an adult is clearly upsetting to everyone, posttraumatic stress disorder and childhood experiences are related because those difficulties in childhood may increase the risk for developing PTSD as an adult.

This explains why someone can’t just “get over it”.  In fact, most people who develop posttraumatic stress disorder are not aware of how the circumstances in their childhood may contribute to PTSD and even those who make this connection do not know what to do about it or how to overcome the current PTSD symptoms and the early childhood events related to PTSD.

Because our treatment for PTSD and depression programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Unfortunately, less half of all individuals living in Tennessee with any mental illness, including PTSD, will receive mental health treatment.

Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, including PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.