Relieving Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The symptoms of PTSD often stay with people long after the traumatic experience occurs. Unresolved trauma can cause nightmares, anxiety, angry outbursts, and other reactions. Here at Compassion, we strive to help PTSD patients overcome their trauma through specially designed treatment plans that relieve symptoms and allow patients to lead normal, happy lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe mental health condition prevalent in people who have been exposed to traumatic, life-threatening situations such as military conflict, natural disasters, physical or sexual assault, or major accidents.
People who experience PTSD tend to develop intense fear, recurrent distressing memories of the traumatic event, upsetting dreams or nightmares, flashbacks, and other forms of emotional or physical distress triggered by memories of the traumatic event. Other common symptoms include avoidance (e.g., trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event or people, places, or activities that trigger memories of the event), as well as being easily startled or frightened and always being on guard for danger. For individuals with PTSD, it is common to experience self-destructive thoughts, irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior. It is important to highlight that PTSD is not exclusive to people exposed to military conflict.
People who suffer from PTSD often have a high rate of other psychiatric conditions like major depressive disorder, substance abuse disorders, and anxiety disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, especially ones that affect your ability to function, then you should see a psychiatrist or licensed mental health professional. If you have experienced the symptoms for fewer than a month, then you could be diagnosed with Acute Stress Disorder. By contrast, if the symptoms have persisted for more than a month, then a diagnosed of PTSD is more likely. Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD should always be treated in order to avoid the worsening of symptoms or related disorders, including Clinical depression (Major Depressive Disorder).
You and your doctor will work together to identify any symptom-causing triggers, including severe stress, previous trauma, or exposure to life-threatening events. Based on the cause and severity of symptoms, you will begin treatment designed to help you to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your treatment might include a combination of medications and psychotherapy, including Cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).
Since PTSD symptoms can worsen due to lifestyle choices, including excessive alcohol consumption and substance abuse, your doctor might advise you to minimize your drinking, if not to stop drinking altogether. Your doctor might also recommend that you get more exercise and reduce your stress.
If you have any additional questions on PTSD please request to speak with a clinician.