EDMONDS, Wash.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--In details emerging from the mass shooting that killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning, survivors reveal a horrific account of the tragedy. According to Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., author and founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, a residential treatment facility in Edmonds, Washington, this is not an experience any will easily put behind them. And for some, unfortunately, it may result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“As though a terrifying event isn't difficult enough to endure the first time, imagine flashbacks of the experience forcing you to relive the emotional terror of the event over and over again”
"As though a terrifying event isn't difficult enough to endure the first time, imagine flashbacks of the experience forcing you to relive the emotional terror of the event over and over again,” says Dr. Jantz. “That is the nature of PTSD."
Any number of things could trigger flashbacks -- returning to work, seeing co-workers, seeing family members of the victims, or hearing noises reminiscent of the gunshots, the screams, the sirens, the helicopters. As someone who has been treating PTSD for years, Dr. Jantz warns of the importance of keeping a keen eye out for the following symptoms:
• Alienating yourself to prevent stressful situations
• Avoiding people and places that remind you of the trauma
• Panicking in social situations you cannot escape
• Hiding your feelings of anxiety and fear
• Smiling or laughing so others think you’re happy
• Withdrawing from relationships with loved ones
• Struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep
• Reliving the trauma in dreams and flashbacks
• Suffering in your performance at work
• Drinking or abusing drugs to mask your problems
• Avoiding plans for a future you doubt you’ll see
• Thinking about suicide
• Feeling like you’re facing all of this alone
The Navy Yard shooting took place around 8 a.m. Monday in Building 197 of the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters. In his rampage, gunman Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people before he was shot dead by responding officers.
The families of the victims have a long road to recovery ahead of them. But equally important is making sure survivors receive counseling to identify and treat PTSD as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about PTSD, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jantz, please call 1-888-771-5166, or email AnnM@aplaceofhope.com.
The Center for Counseling and Health Resources offers a whole-person approach to treatment of PTSD and other anxiety disorders, as well as depression, addiction, and eating disorders for patients of all ages. The whole-person approach addresses the emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, relational and nutritional issues each individual is experiencing. You may reach The Center by calling (888) 771-5166, or through their website at www.aplaceofhope.com.