Solstice RTC and Solstice East RTC Recognize National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day

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Solstice RTC and Solstice East RTC Recognize National PTSD Day on June 27 by promoting PTSD therapy techniques

"At Solstice, we do everything in our power to offer support and care for those who have experienced trauma in their lives," Dan Stuart, MS, LMFT, Founder and Executive Director of Solstice RTC

Solstice RTC and Solstice East offer their support for National PTSD Day. Both Solstice programs recognize the need for a greater awareness of the damage PTSD has on people, specifically teens. While there has been significant attention to the impact of PTSD for military veterans, PTSD can impact all people who have experienced many different types of trauma.

Studies show that about 15% to 43% of girls go through at least one trauma during their childhood. Of those children and teens who have had a trauma, 3% to 15% of girls develop PTSD. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors.

For individuals who have experienced some trauma in their lives, the aftermath can have a crippling effect throughout their lifetime, affecting relationships and overall well-being. These lifelong effects make it crucial for individuals with PTSD to get the treatment they need. Solstice residential treatment centers support Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day by providing teen girls who have experienced PTSD symptoms with the treatment they need.

Knowing whether or not your teen has PTSD is the first step to getting them treated. Symptoms of PTSD in teens include:
-flashbacks in which your teen relives trauma over and over
-bad dreams
-feeling emotionally numb, depressed, or extremely guilty
-difficulty sleeping
-angry outbursts
-losing interest in activities or interests they formerly enjoyed.

“At Solstice, we do everything in our power to offer support and care for those who have experienced trauma in their lives,” says Dan Stuart, MS, LMFT and Executive Director and Founder of Solstice RTC. “We believe that a holistic approach is the best, most effective method of helping young women heal from whatever trauma is affecting them. We do this by treating every aspect of them - their mind, body and spirit.”

Solstice utilizes several therapeutic techniques to treat students with trauma and/or PTSD. These methods include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). These therapeutic approaches are widely known to help treat the symptoms of PTSD.

“In the last ten years, advancements in the field of neuroscience have led us to a greater understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing brain,” commented Kyle Gillett, Ph.D., LMFT and Executive Director of Solstice East and Founder of both Solstice RTC and Solstice East. “Early intervention--including the services we provide on both Solstice campuses--yields the greatest neurological outcomes for adolescents suffering from PTSD.”

Solstice RTC and Solstice East both work with teens, as well as parents and siblings, to target the specific care each teen with PTSD or trauma needs to guide them along the path towards healing.

Below are resources recommended by Solstice RTC and Solstice East for additional information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

National Center for PTSD: (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/)
National Institute of Mental Health: (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml#pub2)
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Solstice RTC and Solstice East are residential treatment centers that have helped hundreds of struggling teens on their journey to solving issues like depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and associated symptoms, drug abuse/addiction, and behavioral problems. Solstice RTC in Utah and Solstice East in North Carolina offer specialized, clinically intensive programs based on the specific needs of young women. At Solstice RTC and Solstice East, young women discover their full potential. For additional information on Solstice RTC, please visit http://solsticertc.com/ or call 801-444-0794. For additional information on Solstice East, please visit http://www.solsticeeast.com/ or call 828-484-9946.

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