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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder found in individuals who have witnessed or experienced a terrifying or a life-threatening event, such as a serious accident, personal assault, or a natural disaster. However, not everyone diagnosed with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Events, such as the death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.

Individuals who have experienced traumatic event/s might exhibit feelings like fear, shock, anger, nervousness and guilt. These reactions usually go away over time, but for those with PTSD, these feelings continue and then gradually increase to such a level that they would prevent a person from living a normal life.

PTSD can happen to anyone cutting across age, gender, economic and social status. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 7.7 million Americans aged 18 years and above have PTSD. Compared to men, women are twice as likely to experience PTSD.

PTSD: Symptoms, causes and risk factors

Symptoms of PTSD can develop soon after the traumatic event. However, they might not surface for months or years. PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity and differ from person to person. As per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), PTSD symptoms can be classified into four categories: re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance symptoms, arousal and reactive symptoms, and cognition and mood symptoms.

  • Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in an individual’s routine and can include symptoms like frightening thoughts, bad dreams and flashbacks of trauma.
  • Avoidance symptoms include things that remind individuals of a traumatic event. A person with PTSD might avoid thoughts or feelings related to a traumatic event and stay away from places or events that remind of the trauma.
  • Arousal and reactive symptoms are usually constant and can make a person feel stressed or angry. These include feeling tensed, being easily startled and angry outbursts.
  • Cognition and mood symptoms can begin or deteriorate after the traumatic event. Some of these signs include trouble remembering key features of traumatic event, negative thoughts about oneself and the world and loss of interest in enjoyable activities.

PTSD can be caused by a combination of factors. Some of the causes and risk factors for PTSD are:

PTSD: Causes

  • personality factors
  • stressful experiences
  • inherited mental health risks
  • brain response to stressful events

PTSD: Risk factors

  • childhood trauma
  • experiencing traumatic events
  • feeling hopeless or extremely fearful
  • getting hurt or seeing another person hurt
  • history of mental illness or substance abuse

Treatment for PTSD

PTSD can be extremely debilitating and should be treated by trained medical or health care professionals at certified post-traumatic stress disorder treatment centers. The aims of PTSD treatment are reducing emotional and physical symptoms, improving daily functioning and helping individuals cope with events triggering the disorder.

To prevent PTSD symptoms from worsening, it is important to get it treated at the earliest. It is also important to note that PTSD symptoms differ from person to person, therefore, a treatment that works for one person may not work for others. Comprehensive PTSD residential treatment programs at certified PTSD treatment facilities involve a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

  • Medications

As per the NIMH, medication that can help improve PTSD symptoms include antidepressants. These FDA-approved antidepressants help control PTSD symptoms like anger, worry and sadness.

  • Psychotherapy

In addition to medication, a comprehensive treatment plan for PTSD also involves psychotherapies or talk therapies. Talk therapy usually lasts for six to 12 weeks, but depending on an individual’s symptoms, it can last even longer. Some types of psychotherapy used in PTSD treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), individual, group, and family therapies.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: By recognizing one’s way of thinking and focusing on one’s thoughts, images and beliefs, CBT helps change one’s patterns of thinking or behavior. A short-term, goal-oriented therapy, CBT can include cognitive restructuring and exposure therapy. Cognitive restructuring helps patients make sense of their bad memories and exposure therapy helps patients face and control their fear.
  • EMDR Therapy: A complex form of psychotherapy, EMDR combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements. The therapy focuses on sounds or hand movements while the patient talks about the trauma. This kind of therapy helps the brain work through the traumatic memories.
  • Individual, group, and family therapies: While individual therapy helps an individual engage in a self-reflective process on his or her emotions and behaviors, group therapy rests on the dynamic interaction among group members. In addition to individual and group therapies, family therapy, provided by psychologist or licensed therapist, helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts among themselves.

Treatment at Sovereign Health

At Sovereign Health, a comprehensive treatment for PTSD involves a holistic combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological modalities. To ensure complete recovery and avoid any relapse, we also lay emphasis on diagnosing any other underlying condition that might be affecting a patient. To ensure the same, patients at Sovereign Health undergo a thorough assessment to find out about the medical and family history. On the basis of a patient’s condition, experts at Sovereign Health develop a personalized treatment plan. In addition to traditional therapies like CBT, individual, group and family therapies, Sovereign Health offers experiential therapies like meditation, yoga, equine therapy, art and music therapy for an all-round development of an individual. Our continuing care program charts out a recovery management plan so that he or she can easily blend into the community post treatment with continued support.

Road to recovery

At Sovereign Health, we understand that PTSD symptoms vary from person to person; therefore, we offer an individualized treatment plan to help treat the disorder and avoid any chance of relapse. PTSD treatment programs may involve medications, psychotherapy or both.

At Sovereign Health of California, we offer evidence-based treatment programs that are found to be clinically effective. To know more about our finest PTSD treatment centers and PTSD treatment centers for veterans in the U.S., call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-692-0442 or chat online with our representatives to know about the best PTSD therapists near you.

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