Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women
The majority of the women we serve at New Directions for Women have trauma histories and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We are rigorous about providing trauma informed care at every level, including the intake process. It is important to note there are various types of trauma and we are open-minded and compassionate to all women and families. Our goal is always to respond with empathy and understanding, and provide various trauma specific modalities to help women move beyond trauma and addiction into recovery.
The link between addiction and trauma has been extensively studied. For years, clinical research as well as the experience of our counselors has shown that many women who struggle with substance use disorder have experienced trauma during their lives.
It’s not uncommon for our patients to have experienced one or more of the following: emotional, sexual, or physical abuse in the course of their childhood, adolescence, or adulthood; long-term exposure to domestic violence; neglect; and of course the long-term chronic health issues which are often associated with these experiences.
This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women that needs professional attention. This screening tool is not designed to make a diagnosis of PTSD symptoms, but to be shared with a mental health professional to inform further conversations about diagnosis and treatment.