Trauma and Stress Disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is when stress from a traumatic event does not go away. PTSD can happen when a person feels their safety is threatened. Examples of possible traumatic events include combat situations, an assault, or a natural disaster. PTSD can disrupt a person’s mental health, emotions, and relationships. Not every traumatic experience will result in PTSD.
 
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is when an infant or young child doesn’t establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers.
 
People living with a trauma or stress disorder may:

  • Experience flashbacks to a traumatic event.
  • Block thoughts and avoid situations that remind them of a traumatic event.
  • Have difficulty sleeping and relaxing.
  • Become irritable or aggressive.
  • Not have received basic needs for comfort, affection, and nurturing during infancy or childhood.

No matter what kind of event causes PTSD or RAD, everyone who struggles with them deserves compassion and understanding. With the right support and resources, you or your loved one can take control of trauma and stress disorder symptoms.

Resources and support

Local groups and programs can help you navigate a trauma or stress disorder. Explore these resources:

How we serve you

If you’re a member of Cardinal Innovations, there are services to assist you with trauma and stress disorder challenges. Learn about a service type or find a provider specializing in PTSD or RAD.

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