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Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone
who has been exposed to dangerous or deadly events – even
those psychologically overwhelmed by the possibility of these experiences.
Traumatic events change the survivor psychologically, biologically
and socially. Multiple traumatic experiences complicate recovery
and increase a person’s reluctance to seek support. Trauma and PTSD are treatable—it
is never too late to start treatment.
Signs and symptoms of trauma & PTSD
- Isolation – personality changes
- Startled reaction to noise or movement – hypervigilance to surroundings
- Unwanted reliving of traumatic memories – triggers can include: sights, sounds or smells
- Hostile or suicidal feelings and impulses – loss of meaning to life
- Lack of emotional reactivity – feeling numb
- Sleep problems, dreams or nightmares
- Excessive need to control situations
- Anxiety, guilt or depression
- Problems with authority
- Concentration and memory problems
- Thrill-seeking & risk-taking behaviors
- Sense of a foreshortened future
trauma reactions and PTSD can lead to physical illness, substance
abuse, social avoidance, family life conflicts and a reduction
in employment or school performance. Loved ones of war exposed persons can
experience secondary and/or transgenerational trauma reactions which can
affect their ability to carry out everyday life tasks as well as influence
family interactions, social behaviors and emotional development of children.
In either case, the mere passage of time will not relieve trauma and PTSD.
At Ease can help!
The At Ease program provides confidential, individualized counseling services for active military personnel, veterans and their loved ones. All veterans and their loved ones will be accepted regardless of ability to pay.
At Ease is coordinated from the LFS Bellevue office, but veterans and their loved ones may also be served at LFS locations in Lincoln, Blair, Plattsmouth, Fremont, Papillion, four Omaha area locations, North Platte and Grand Island (for those residing in Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Valley, Sherman, Webster and Wheeler Counties). Additionally, Telehealth sessions can be used to serve veterans and/or their loved ones living in greater Nebraska.
As assessments are completed, therapists will individualize treatment using a combination of individual and group treatment approaches including families/couples and peer-to-peer mutual support groups and educational opportunities for veterans and their loved ones which address PTSD, war zone stress reactions, trauma-related guilt, anger management and coping strategies for managing everyday life situations. When appropriate, At Ease staff will coordinate services with other community agencies and refer clients to area resources.
Find out how you can help provide adequate support to military families throughout Nebraska through At Ease Community Outreach!
About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
LFS provides Behavioral Health Services that focus on the needs of those who have experienced trauma, including outpatient mental health treatment, substance use/addictions treatment, 24/7 urgent care and emergency and community support services.
LFS behavioral health services are made available through insurance payments, sliding scale fees and contributions.
The At Ease program is a collaboration between At Ease USA and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska