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I was very pleased with the relationship that I developed with my therapist.  She was very helpful to me while seeing her and will use her again if ever needed.
- Kelli
Very nice place! My husband and I went to The Calli Institute this week and I was so impressed with everything!  The staff at the front desk is very polite and informative and our therapist, Amanda is incredible!  The atmosphere is very different than any other counseling place we have been and it makes a huge difference.  We plan to return weekly!
- Shauna
I am amazed at how well the staff and nurse practitioner work to help me get my meds and appointments met at a proper and efficient time!
- Sam
I have been to a bunch of different therapists, but this place is by far the BEST!  It is so comfortable, it is like being in someone’s home!  The staff is very respectful and my therapist, Nicole, is excellent!  I am so happy I found her!
- Kristen
I have been very happy with my care at Calli and felt very comfortable there.  I haven’t been there in a few months, but plan on scheduling an appointment soon.  Thank you for your exceptional care and great facility.
- Jody
We would not hesitate to recommend Calli.  My wife and I felt very comfortable from the very first call to Calli Institute.  The environment is warm and our therapist was very kind and professional.
- Ted

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

 

Our bodies were built with a complex mechanism, commonly known as the “fight or flight” response (or stress response) to protect us from danger. When we encounter a situation that is perceived as threatening (e.g., being cut-off by another car in traffic), our “fight or flight” system is instantaneously activated. Adrenaline is released in our bodies so that we can see, hear and smell better; and move faster and stronger in order to either defend against the threat or get away from the threat as quickly as possible. So in the case of the car cutting you off, this response system allows you to quickly slam on your brakes or swerve out of the way to avoid a crash. Once we are free from danger, our bodies deactivate or “turn-off” this system so that we can return to a natural relaxed state. For those who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the “fight or flight” system appears to be activated all the time leaving people feeling anxious and stressed or frightened even when there is no danger.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder develops after exposure to a terrifying ordeal that could have resulted in death or bodily harm to self or others. Exposure includes:

  • Directly experiencing the traumatic event 
  • Personally witnessing the event(s) as it occurs to others 
  • Learning that a loved one was involved in a violent or accidental trauma
  • Repeatedly being exposed to the harsh details of a traumatic event usually associated with one’s career or employment.

Any event that is perceived as life threatening can lead to PTSD. Some of the most common traumas seen in PTSD include:

  • Combat exposure
  • Childhood neglect and abuse
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual molestation or rape
  • Being threatened with a weapon 

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD:

  • Recurrent and intrusive memories of the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks, which involves reliving the event for minutes or even days at a time and is usually associated with dissociation or “losing time” 
  • Recurrent nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Difficulty remembering details about the traumatic event
  • An exaggerated startle response (e.g., jumping at the slightest noise)
  • Feeling tense and on edge
  • Irritability and/or aggression
  • Reckless or self-destructive behaviors
  • Persistent feelings of guilt, shame, anger, fear or horror
  • Persistent Inability to experience positive emotions (e.g., happiness, satisfaction, affection for others)
  • Avoidance of situations, people or things that trigger memories of the trauma
  • Feelings of detachment 
  • Problems with sleep

It is normal to experience some of these symptoms after a traumatic experience that can persist for several weeks. However, when these symptoms are severe and last longer than a few weeks, then it might be PTSD. In some cases, PTSD symptoms do not appear until months or even years after the trauma event.

Not everybody who is exposed to trauma develops PTSD. The reason for this is not known but researchers suggest genetic components associated with individual brain anatomy and biochemical function, early childhood abuse and trauma, a personal history of mental illness, and family history of mental illness or PTSD as contributing factors. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men.

How is PTSD Treated?
The most common treatment for PTSD is a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Some of the common types of psychotherapy used include: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), EMDR and animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Medications are prescribed to treat specific symptoms related to mood, anxiety and sleep.

 

 

Contact Calli today at 763.255.2125

See What They Have To Say...

I was very pleased with the relationship that I developed with my therapist.  She was very helpful to me while seeing her and will use her again if ever needed.
- Kelli
Very nice place! My husband and I went to The Calli Institute this week and I was so impressed with everything!  The staff at the front desk is very polite and informative and our therapist, Amanda is incredible!  The atmosphere is very different than any other counseling place we have been and it makes a huge difference.  We plan to return weekly!
- Shauna
I am amazed at how well the staff and nurse practitioner work to help me get my meds and appointments met at a proper and efficient time!
- Sam
I have been to a bunch of different therapists, but this place is by far the BEST!  It is so comfortable, it is like being in someone’s home!  The staff is very respectful and my therapist, Nicole, is excellent!  I am so happy I found her!
- Kristen
I have been very happy with my care at Calli and felt very comfortable there.  I haven’t been there in a few months, but plan on scheduling an appointment soon.  Thank you for your exceptional care and great facility.
- Jody
We would not hesitate to recommend Calli.  My wife and I felt very comfortable from the very first call to Calli Institute.  The environment is warm and our therapist was very kind and professional.
- Ted

June 13th 2017

Don’t Call It What It Is – Men and Depression

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May 30th 2017

Postpartum Depression

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May 16th 2017

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May 2nd 2017

The Challenge of Children’s Mental Health

I grew up in an era (the 50’s and 60’s) when mental health was not discussed at all, let alone considered as something that children had. Children could have separation anxiety; … Read More

April 25th 2017

An Extraordinary Gift

  April is National Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion. Tens of thousands of individuals in our country face an autism di… Read More

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The Calli Institute
11334 86th Ave
North Maple Grove, MN 55369
Ph: 763.255.2125 | Fax: 763.255.2126