Lynne Angela Santiago, PhD, LMHC
Promoting connection, healing and personal growth
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS
threatening. Such events as physical and/or sexual assault, combat expose, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, and
helplessness, or horror.
natural disaster can effect a person to the extent that PTSD and/or DD develops. Traumatic experiences can cause intense fear,
Many people who experience such events feel shock, anger, nervousness, fear and guilt, however for some, these feelings fade over
time. For others, these feelings continue and even increase, affecting the person in way that it becomes difficult to live a normal life and
impacts the person’s quality of life. People with trauma related disorders can no longer function as they did before the trauma.
Reliving the trauma: Flashbacks, hallucinations and night
mares, as well as persistent thoughts and memories of the
Avoiding: People may avoid anything that might remind them
of the trauma. This can include people, places, thoughts and
situations. There can be a feeling of detachment and loss
interest in activities that where once enjoyed.
Increased Arousal: There is a sense of always needing to be
alert, watching for potential threats in the environment. This
effects the person’s ability to sleep and can cause other
physical symptoms such as high blood pressure and heart
rate, muscle tension, and nausea. This increased arousal
makes it difficult to concentrate and can cause
outbursts of anger. The person may feel jumpy and easily
Dissociative Disorders often starts in childhood, with children who have experiences severe trauma, often over a long period
of time. Ongoing physical abuse and sexual abuse during childhood may lead to the development of a dissociate response that,
when an adult, may occur when ever there is stressors or perceived threats In the environment. DD can also occur when a
person has experienced multiple traumatic events or has lived in life threatening environments over a long period of time, to
include military deployments to war zones.
|feel as if there are two or more 'selves'|
|panic attacks and phobias (flashbacks,|
|have a tendency toward self-persecution, self- |
|sabotage, and even violence (both self-inflicted |
and outwardly directed).
If you believe you may be challenged with a trauma-related disorder and would like to explore treatment options please
contact me to schedule a consultation and evaluation.
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SIGNS OF A DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER:
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Stress and Trauma Related Disorders
Military & Veteran Issues
abuse, combat expose, an accident, and
Stress (PTSD) and/or Dissociative
Living in a life threatening environment
over an extended period of time can
challenge a person’s sense of self and
be experienced as a loss of self identity,
that they are not the same person they
were before their military experiences.
Their family and ‘you have changed’.
anticipated and happy time. But many
you will not be changed in some way.
Childhood abuse and trauma can often
result in the development of beliefs
about one’s self and the world that lead
to a basic distrust. This deeply rooted
distrust can cause problems in adult
relationships, creating unhealthy
attachment styles, effect parenting, and
interfere in successfully attaining life
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