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Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Anger Free Anger Management Classes for Veterans

In a 2005 study conducted by the Department of Veteran affairs, it was estimated that 20 percent of 168,528 Iraqi veterans were diagnosed with some type of psychological disorder. Of that 20 percent, 1,641 were diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In another study conducted by the VA earlier this year, it was estimated that almost 12, 500 of the 245, 000 veterans were seen for problems and symptoms of PTSD in VA counseling centers.

PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that is developed following exposure or repeated exposure to an extreme stressor that includes actual or threatened death or serious injury. Symptoms of PTSD include being exposed or repeatedly exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present: the person experienced or witnessed an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury and the person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. In addition, a person who is experiencing PTSD may persistently reexperience the traumatic event through recurrent and intrusive thoughts of the event, recurrent and distressing dreams of the event, acting or feeling as if the traumatic event was recurring, physiological reactivity, such as sweating and increased heart beat, when internally or externally reminded of the event, or intense psychological distress, such as anger or increased anxiety, when internally or externally reminded of the event.

Anyone who has gone through a life threatening event, such as actively serving in the military during times of international conflict, can develop PTSD.  Those who experience PTSD may feel like they are constantly on edge, as well as have an increased level of chronic anxiety.  Others may notice that they don’t have as much patience as they used to and may find themselves reacting in anger often.

Some people who experience PTSD may begin to have problems in their relationships. They may act in controlling, demanding, or intimidating ways with their loved ones. They may feel as if they are unable to control their behavior, which leads to acting out their anger in destructive ways.

Anger Management 818 can help if you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD related anger. Anger Management 818 offers a weekly anger management class that is free for all veterans. Anger Management 818 can assist individuals in developing healthy skills to help manage and control anger, as well as teach skills for communication, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Understanding your anger and learning how to manage it will lead to a more fulfilling and healthy life. Learning healthy coping skills to PTSD related anger can assist in improving emotional well being and relationships with others. Please contact Anger Management 818 for further information.

Erika Krueger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Certified Anger Management Facilitator. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced based therapeutic practice that directly addresses PTSD and its complications. She works with individuals who are dealing with PTSD and anger that is related to PTSD.

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