Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Although it has always existed among people and even some animals, PTSD wasn’t officially recognized as a medical condition until the 1980s. Today, it is considered an anxiety disorder that results when a person goes through a sudden or lasting traumatic experience such as war, sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse, sudden loss of a loved one or life-threatening situations such as road accidents and natural disasters.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder affects both children and adults
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder affects both children and adults, and is a perfectly normal condition to develop following a traumatic experience. People with PTSD may often have difficulty describing their symptoms, which vary widely from person-to-person and include both psychological and physical triggers. Many common symptoms include flashbacks to traumatic experiences, persistent and disturbing dreams, uncontainable and distressing memories, involuntary reactions to trauma-related stimuli, uncontrollable thoughts and emotions, an unreasonable feeling of danger and a general difficulty coping with one’s past.
The symptoms of PTSD have the power to overwhelm us and cause a negative impact on our lives. People suffering from this condition know all-too-well how difficult leading a normal life can be after going through a traumatic experience, which can affect us in both short-term and long-term ways. PTSD can hinder our ability to maintain or develop healthy and meaningful relationships with other people. It can make it hard to engage and describe our feelings, and among many emotions can make us feel frightened, insecure, angry, distrustful, misunderstood and confused. In many cases, people suffering from PTSD do not wish to acknowledge their symptoms, or are simply not given the proper support to effectively deal with their condition. Left untreated, PTSD can be detrimental to mental and physical health, well-being and overall quality of life. Common effects of untreated PTSD include depression, chronic pain, drug abuse and alcoholism, heart disease and stress-related conditions as well as suicidal thoughts and actions.
Symptoms of PTSD have the power to overwhelm us
Coping with a traumatic experience can be painful, difficult and very demanding. Symptoms of PTSD can be continuous or sudden, making it hard for us to prepare for, deal with or know what to expect and when to expect it. These symptoms are generally placed into four categories that describe the type of symptom and its effect on the person. Intrusive symptoms are moments or events that occur after a traumatic experience and include flashbacks, distressing memories, traumatic cues or stimuli, uncontrollable reactions to stimuli and reoccurring dreams. Avoidance symptoms are voluntary or involuntary actions performed by a person in order to avoid memories and other PTSD symptoms in hopes of reducing their suffering. These include avoiding people, places, discussions, situations and activities that may lead to memories, emotions or thoughts associated with a traumatic experience. Negative mood symptoms of PTSD are caused by trauma and persist over time. These include a lack of happiness or positive emotions, continuous negative emotions, being overly critical or negative towards oneself and others, feelings of isolation, lack of interest and distorted thoughts precipitating from a traumatic event. Arousal and reactivity symptoms affect our ability to control or react to symptoms of a traumatic experience and include hypervigilance (overly alert or prepared for danger), aggressive behavior, startled reflexes, difficulty sleeping or waking up suddenly, problems focusing and reckless or self-destructive behavior.
How Do You Treat PTSD?
For people suffering with PTSD, knowing that hope is on the horizon is part of the recovery process. This condition is unique to every person and has causes and symptoms that cannot always be related to or readily understood. Sufferers often feel isolated and alone and are unable to express their feelings or find justification for what they are experiencing. As such, PTSD rehabilitation is a special process that requires personalized support and analysis of every individual’s unique symptoms and condition. Fortunately for many people, PTSD is being thoroughly studied in modern scientific fields such as psychology and neurology, and treatment options are available to help people recover and live normal, healthy and happy lives.
Medication is not necessarily the best option
Oftentimes, a conventional approach such as prescribed medication is the first line of treatment, however due to its complex nature, medication is not necessarily the best option—or may not be enough—to sustain the difficult healing process of PTSD recovery. Natural PTSD therapy is currently being studied by psychologists, behavioral therapists and neurologists, and breakthroughs are being made with evidence of long-lasting, positive results.
Natural Treatment for PTSD at the Lost Creek Ranch in Colorado
The Lost Creek Ranch Post-traumatic Stress Disorder retreat in Colorado specializes in healthy, all-natural treatment for PTSD and its symptoms. We provide a peaceful and relaxing environment designed to relieve PTSD symptoms and promote a stronger, healthier state-of-mind. Our staff is always available for support and happy to speak with you or just spend quiet time by your side as you relax in the fresh air and scenic beauty of Lost Creek Ranch.
At Lost Creek Ranch, we understand that PTSD can be an overwhelming and painful condition, and that there is no simple cure that will just ‘make it all go away’. We understand that PTSD is deeply-rooted in a traumatic experience, and can be so difficult and personal that it is seemingly impossible to express, relate or cope with. We want you to know that no matter what you have been through, we are here for you and offer our peaceful setting and friendly staff as a companion on your journey to recovery.
Views at Lost Creek Ranch Colorado
The Lost Creek Ranch PTSD retreat and camp Colorado encourages genuine healing through nature on a large ranch full of pine trees, crystal-clear streams and open views of the Rocky Mountains. The peace, beauty and quiet of the outdoors can help people recognize, understand and overcome their traumatic experiences with the help of the positive effects of nature. Many sufferers claim that nature helps them disconnect from the noise of the world, where PTSD is left unchecked and can be difficult to make peace with, giving them an opportunity to reflect, identify and engage with natural healing mechanisms. With the help of nature, they are able to relieve their mental activity, slow down and process what they have been through in a way that creates hope for a better future. Nature can help PTSD sufferers let go of their pain by giving them the time and space they need to effectively find peace.
The freedom of the open and green spaces of the outdoors, its fresh air, uninhibited vistas and soothing nature can help create a healing ambience both inside and out, where it can serve as an invaluable therapeutic tool for grief, loss and trauma that may be difficult to discover anywhere else.
Come join us at our PTSD Retreat in beautiful Colorado!