PTSD & Victims of Crime
After a traumatic event, triggers can throw your body and mind back to the terrifying event.
Let me teach you tools to better adjust and cope.
I am an approved Tricare out-of-network provider and have worked extensively with military veterans and their families who are struggling with PTSD. According to the Mayo Clinic, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. .
Most people who go through traumatic events have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
Victims of Crime: I have worked with many direct and indirect victims of crimes including assault, stalking, rape, murder, mass shootings and domestic violence. There are government programs to help pay for the cost of counseling. All states receive Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to help support local victim assistance and compensation programs.
To be eligible for compensation, a person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or death. For certain crimes, emotional injury alone is enough to qualify. The sooner you get treatment for the trauma associated with being an indirect or direct victim of a crime, the sooner you can begin to heal and prevent the long term symptoms of PTSD.