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When individuals think of trauma, they may immediately think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that affects those in the military. In a general sense, however, trauma is a term that signifies an emotional response to any one of a host of events such as a car accident, sexual assault, natural disasters, or other trauma-inducing events.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is a term coined in the 1990s for childhood trauma that often continues to complicate life. Experiencing four or more adverse childhood experiences has been linked with an increased risk for depression and suicide attempts; a higher incidence of chronic conditions; and long-term developmental challenges.

How We Treat Trauma

Most individuals have experienced some level of trauma in their life. At Clarity, we recognize the impact that trauma has on every aspect of an individual’s life. We integrate trauma-informed care to help address these experiences It is through that lens that our team addresses the issues that may have contributed to trauma. Our providers are trained in utilizing trauma-informed care to provide a holistic approach to treatment, including both medication management and trauma-informed psychotherapeutic interventions.

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder

Common Symptoms


  • Unpredictable emotions

  • Being easily startled or frightened

  • Constantly being “on guard” and on lookout for danger

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Irritability or aggressive behavior

  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

  • Perceptions of something being dangerous, that is harmless

  • Depression

  • Substance abuse

Acute stress disorder is a diagnosis that may occur in patients within four weeks of a traumatic event. Similar to PTSD, acute stress disorder symptoms include anxiety, intense fear or helplessness, dissociative symptoms, re-experiencing the event, and avoidance behaviors. If these symptoms continue over one month it is considered to be PTSD.  

What is Post-traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often the result of past traumatic events that lead to a misinterpretation of current events. While often linked to military or first-responder trauma, individuals can have PTSD from longstanding chronic trauma as well. Adverse Childhood Experiences, spousal abuse, neglect, mistreatment in past relationships can all manifest as PTSD.

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