As a PTSD, OCD, and Anxiety specialist, I am here to tell you that you do not have to continue to suffer from the pervasive and agonizing symptoms associated with these diagnoses.
The unfortunate traumatizing events may be in the distant past; however, the impact of these events continues to live on through bodily reactivity, emotional dysregulation, self-preservation, avoidance, and negative self-concept. Time does not heal all wounds and no, it’s not your fault that you are not “over it” by now.
A multifactorial approach which includes exploration and correction of cognitions, evaluation of societal and familial interjects, somatic (bodily) interventions, appropriate behavioral responses and neurobiological techniques will be needed to reduce the negative symptoms that trauma leaves behind.
Additionally, if you are one of the unfortunate 2% of society that suffers with OCD, you know that OCD is more than merely having the compulsion to wash your hands or to be orderly. Most people cannot understand the inescapable and debilitating intrusive thoughts, checking rituals, and mental and emotional torment caused by OCD. The sufferer cannot “just stop it.” Specialized techniques which involve distress tolerance, psychoeducation, exposure therapy, and somatic intervention will be needed to reduce the symptoms of this insidious neuropsychobiological condition.
If you find yourself continuing to struggle with obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, PTSD symptoms or anxiety, please do not hesitate to call. There is hope and there is help. You do not have to continue to suffer with these issues.