What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
The Canadian Mental Health Association defines PTSD as a mental illness that an individual develops after they are exposed to a traumatic event. After the original trauma has passed, individuals who suffer from PTSD continue to experience intrusive symptoms including re-experiencing that traumatic event for at least one month.
What is a Traumatic Event?
A traumatic event occurs when an individual experiences, witnesses, or is confronted with actual or threatened death, serious injury or a threat to the physical integrity of himself, herself or another person.
Who does PTSD Affect?
Many individuals will experience a traumatic event at some point during their lifetime, but only a percentage of these individuals will develop PTSD. Stats Canada highlights that 8% of the population is impacted by PTSD at some point throughout their lifespan, women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, sexual and physical assault results in the highest rates of PTSD, and PTSD can occur in individuals of any age.
The Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that the length of the trauma, the number of other traumatic experiences a person has experienced, a person’s reaction to a traumatic event, and the support a person receives after a traumatic event take place are all factors that influence PTSD. The Canadian Psychological Association states that individuals with a history of depression, anxiety or trauma, an angry disposition, or coping habits that include avoiding a problem could be more vulnerable to PTSD.
Although PTSD impacts a variety of individuals, individuals who are employed as first responders or who are working in dangerous conditions may be more likely to develop PTSD. Occupations that may cause an individual to suffer from PTSD include, but are not limited to:
- Military Occupations
- Police Officer
- Ambulance Personnel
- Health Care Professionals
- Offshore Workers
Traumatic experiences that may cause PTSD include, but are not limited to:
- Military Experience
- Natural Disaster Victims
- Violent Crime Victims
- Domestic Violence
- Cancer & Severe Illness
- Foster Care & Child Abuse
- Abortions & Miscarriages
- Sexual Assault & Rape
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Typically, PTSD is diagnosed if the debilitating symptoms last for longer than one month. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Intrusive thoughts or images about the event
- Dreams, nightmares or flashbacks about the event
- Distress when reminded of the event
- Avoidance of thoughts, feelings, or reminders of the event
- Inability to recall aspects of the event
- Decreased interest in previously significant activities
- Restricted emotions
- Irritable, aggressive or self-destructive behavior
PTSD Treatment at Trauma Healing Centers
As an organization, Trauma Healing Centers has experienced incredible growth since opening our doors at our medical clinic in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, in 2015. We now have several locations across central and eastern Canada and have helped thousands of veterans, first responders, and civilians manage symptoms of PTSD and live a better life.
As we have opened new locations, we have also expanded our suite of services and PTSD treatment resources to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to healing. Some of our services include:
- Physician Services – Medical Cannabis Assessment
- Assistance Navigating Veterans Affairs
- Counselling – Psychologists and Social Workers
- Psychological Assessments
- Massage Therapy
- Diet Consulting
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Acupuncture Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
PTSD Treatment for Veterans
If you are a veteran, we can help you navigate the Veterans Affairs Canada system to help you take advantage of the benefits and entitlements you deserve. We operate as a resource center for Canadian veterans and proudly received our Multi-Disciplinary Clinic designation with Blue Cross for military and RCMP veteran patients. This designation greatly enhances our ability to create a multi-disciplinary wellness plan to help veterans with PTSD.
We can also offer the support and guidance of a veteran who has the experience to truly understand what you’re going through. Our Vice President of Veteran Relations, Trevor Bungay, states, “When I was diagnosed with PTSD, it was probably the most frustrating time of my life. Not only was it stressful dealing with my illness, but I also had no one to talk to, no medical professionals to help me with my medications, and nowhere to turn for help or resources. At Trauma Healing Centers, we are here to help lighten your load and allow you more time to carry out what matters most: treatment.”
Where can you go for PTSD Treatment?
Deciding to seek help for your or a loved one’s PTSD is a big first step in your journey to wellness. PTSD treatment options can be difficult to decide on, as there are a variety of treatments available. It is important to remember that what works for one individual may not work for another. That is why we take a multi-disciplinary approach to PTSD treatment at Trauma Healing Centers.
We offer PTSD treatment services in the majority of Central and Atlantic Canada. We currently have medical clinics in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. We also offer telemedicine services in Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador. If you or a loved one is seeking help, or would simply like to learn more about the services offered at Trauma Healing Centers, see the contact information for our clinic nearest to you below.
PTSD Treatment in Ontario
Trauma Healing Centers Ottawa:
100 Craig Henry Drive
PTSD Treatment in Nova Scotia
We have multiple medical clinics that offer PTSD treatment in Halifax and the surrounding area.
Trauma Healing Centers Dartmouth:
959 Cole Harbour Road
Trauma Healing Centers Bedford: (Affiliate Clinic)
1550 Bedford Hwy, Suite 100
Trauma healing Centers Clayton Park: (Affiliate Clinic)
27 Peakview Way
Trauma Healing Centers New Glasgow: Back to Basics (Affiliate Clinic)
138 Campbell St.
New Glasgow, NS
PTSD Treatment in New Brunswick
Trauma Healing Centers Moncton:
500 Mapleton Road, Suite 130
Trauma Healing Centers Fredericton: (Affiliate Clinic)
1015 Regent St, Suite 002
Trauma Healing Centers Saint John: (Affiliate Clinic)
87 Lansdowne Ave.
Saint John, NB
PTSD Treatment in Newfoundland
We offer PTSD and Cannabis telemedicine services that cover the entire province of Newfoundland.
Additional Resources for PTSD
If you would like to know more about Trauma Healing Centers and how we help those affected by PTSD, we offer a variety of resources for PTSD patients, their families, and physicians. If you would like to know more about our referral process, click here!
- PTSD Association
- PTSD Coach Canada
- Veterans Affairs
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Canadian Psychological Association