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At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C, we understand the profound impact that overwhelming events can have on your sense of safety and well-being. Trauma-related disorders involve a range of emotional, physical, and psychological responses to such events.

If you're struggling in the aftermath of a traumatic experience, our experts are here to help with compassionate and effective care.

Trauma-Related Disorders in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

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Trauma-Related Disorders arise from extremely stressful or life-threatening events.

Our spectrum at MindBodyPinnacle Health includes:

Trauma Conditions

at MindBodyPinnacle Mental Health in MD & D.C

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

This disorder can develop after a traumatic event, leading to severe disruptions in sleep, relaxation, concentration, and daily functioning. It affects around 8 million adults annually in the U.S. and can be triggered by a variety of traumatic experiences.

Symptoms of PTSD:

  1. Re-Experiencing Symptoms: Including intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks.

  2. Avoidance Symptoms: Avoiding reminders of the trauma, including places, people, or thoughts.

  3. Arousal and Reactivity Symptoms: Heightened vigilance and reactivity, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and anger outbursts.

  4. Cognitive Symptoms: Negative thoughts about oneself or the world, irritability, anxiety, and behavioral changes like withdrawing from relationships or substance abuse.

Causes of PTSD:

Traumatic experiences such as physical assault, natural disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks, or the sudden death of a loved one can lead to PTSD.

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD): 

Similar to PTSD but shorter in duration. Symptoms develop immediately after a traumatic event and last from three days to one month. If symptoms persist, it may develop into PTSD.

Adjustment Disorders:

Triggered by stressful life events like divorce, job loss, or illness. Symptoms include sadness, hopelessness, withdrawal, lack of appetite, insomnia, neglecting responsibilities, and difficulty functioning.

If you see some of these signs after a big event, reach out to a mental health expert at MindBodyPinnacle Health Laurel, MD & Washington D.C. While treatment for adjustment issues is often short-term, ongoing issues like a lasting illness or troubles in relationships might need longer care.

​Treatment of Trauma and Management
in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

  • ​Antidepressants: These can help regulate mood by balancing neurotransmitters, aiding in relieving symptoms like sadness, anger, and irritability.

  • Anti-anxiety Medications: Useful in treating heightened anxiety and panic attacks that can arise post-trauma. Always consult a psychiatrist or medical professional for guidance.

Trauma-focused Psychotherapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This approach helps individuals recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors stemming from trauma. By confronting these patterns, one can develop healthier coping mechanisms.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a unique therapy where patients recall traumatic events while undergoing specific eye movements. This process can reduce the emotional charge of traumatic memories over time.

Self-management Strategies
  • Journaling: Putting feelings on paper can provide an outlet for emotional release, making it easier to process events and feelings.

  • Regular Exercise: Physical activity can release endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters, helping in mitigating feelings of depression or anxiety.

  • Maintaining Routines: Keeping a regular schedule can provide a sense of normalcy and structure amidst the chaos trauma can bring.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
  • Deep Breathing: Focusing on one's breath and practicing deep, slow breaths can act as a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.

  • Meditation: Regular meditation can increase resilience to stress, enhance self-awareness, and provide a sense of calm.

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A technique where individuals tense and then slowly release each muscle group. This can help in reducing muscle tension and associated stress.

​Healing from trauma is possible with the right approach:

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Living with Trauma-Related Disorders


  • Prioritize self-care activities that rejuvenate you.

  • Maintain good sleep hygiene.

Establishing Safety:

  • Create a safe and secure living environment.
  • Set and communicate clear boundaries.

Rebuilding Trust:

  • Engage in regular therapy sessions for guidance.
  • Participate in support groups for shared experiences and community.

At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C, our team specializes in understanding and treating the complexities of trauma. Don't face this journey alone. Reach out to us today, and take the first step towards a brighter, healthier tomorrow.

Begin Your Trauma-Related Disorders Healing Journey at MindBodyPinnacle Mental Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

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