PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Traumatic events can include combat, natural disasters, car accidents, sexual assault, bullying, intimate partner violence, or the unexpected death of a loved one.
People with PTSD have recurrent intrusive thoughts and intense feelings related to their trauma that last long after the experience is over. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares. They might avoid people, places, or situations that remind them of the traumatic event. They can be easily startled or frightened by ordinary things like loud noises or an accidental touch. PTSD can cause them to feel scared or angry and may lead to depression and anxiety. They can have difficulty with sleep, concentration, and memory. They may also engage in self-destructive behavior such as substance abuse. PTSD symptoms can affect job performance and make it difficult to maintain close relationships.
Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, nor will everyone with PTSD need psychiatric intervention. Time may heal for some people that suffer from PTSD, but many others will need psychotherapy and/or medications to help them recover from their traumatic experience. Early intervention can prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse and improve the chances of recovery.
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What Treatments are Available for PTSD?
Treatment of PTSD can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. PTSD treatment includes different behavioral management techniques, medication, and mental health counseling.
At Neuro Behavioral Center, we offer the following treatment options for PTSD.
Therapists use various types of psychotherapy to treat PTSD. Patients learn coping mechanisms to regain control over their thoughts and emotions. Over time, the memories of the trauma become less distressing. People may also benefit from group therapy for PTSD.
Medications are often used to treat the symptoms of PTSD, allowing people to be more engaged in therapy. Medications are available to treat PTSD symptoms including nightmares, sleep disturbance, depression, and anxiety.
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Each person has their own unique thoughts and feelings. As such, an individual evaluation is important for the best treatment outcome. We accept most major insurance carriers — including Medicare and Medicaid — so that finances never get in the way of getting the help you need. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, call Neuro Behavioral Center at (508) 660-1666 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online