Elevations RTC Observes National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day

Elevations RTC Recognizes National PTSD Day on June 27 by educating students about PTSD

Elevations RTC offers its support for National PTSD Day. Elevations RTC  understands the importance of promoting awareness of the harmful effects of PTSD, particularly on young people. PTSD impacts individuals with a variety of trauma related experiences, from teenagers who have experienced violence to military veterans.

According to the National Center for PTSD, 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys will experience a traumatic event. Of those young girls and boys who have experienced trauma, 3% to 15% of girls and 1%-6% of boys develop PTSD. As many as 30-60% of teens and children who have survived specific traumas develop PTSD.

For young teens who have experienced some trauma in their lives, the after effects of the event can bring crippling repercussions throughout their lifetime, affecting their well being, relationships and future success. Because of these effects, it is very important for individuals with PTSD to get the treatment they need. Elevations RTC supports Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day by providing teens with the information they need to help and support others with PTSD.

Knowing the symptoms of PTSD is crucial to getting your teen the help they need, these include:

  • sleeping difficulties
  • low self esteem
  • feeling emotionally numb, depressed, or stressed
  • trouble concentrating in school
  • angry outbursts
  • flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • avoidance of memories or situations that trigger memories of the event

“At Elevations RTC, we create an environment that promotes the healing process. The main goal of our program is to help teens develop an understanding that there are solutions to the struggles that complicate their lives,” says Judith Jacques, Executive Director of Elevations RTC. “Our program is based around a peer culture model that encourages our students to support each other throughout the program. Informing them about PTSD and other struggles helps create this supportive environment.”

Elevations RTC uses several different types of therapy to treat PTSD. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is used to challenge distortions in thought, form exposure strategies and create a narrative for the trauma. Elevations RTC also uses Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which helps teens gain coping strategies to manage emotions and stressors, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocess (EMDR) to reprocess the trauma.  

“Teens afflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have symptoms similar to those seen in adults with PTSD. They may have disruptive, violent outbursts and feelings of great anxiety, which may affect sleep and concentration”, commented Phyllis Tronrud, CMHC and Primary Therapist at Elevations RTC. “It’s vitally important for those with PTSD to get treated as early as possible, and we provide some of the best care at Elevations RTC.”

Elevations RTC is in the process of creating a larger scale awareness event for next year’s National PTSD Day, and has signed a pledge to promote awareness of PTSD at the National Center for PTSD.

Below are resources recommended by Elevations RTC for additional information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

National Center for PTSD: (https://www.ptsd.va.gov/)

National Institute of Mental Health: (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml#pub2)

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Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to teens of all genders struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please call .

 

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