PTSD, also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, became well known when US soldiers came back from Vietnam in the early 1970’s. The disorder was prevalent among men and women who saw and did things they could not previously imagine. Researchers and Psychiatrists have since learned that PTSD is a common mental illness which is treated successfully using a number of different methods.
Trauma is at the heart of PTSD, something happened and the ability to cope is compromised…
People with PTSD may experience the following symptoms:
- Strong or vivid memories of the trauma ( flashbacks)
- Intense fear
- Uncontrollable anxiety
- Hallucinations episodes centered around the trauma
These symptoms can produce behavioral scenarios such as:
- Avoiding places that can remind one of the trauma
- Feelings of strong guilt, depression or worry
- Trouble remembering the event
- Easily startled or edgy
- Losing interest in things that used to be enjoyable
- Loss of sleep
- Addiction or other self-destructive behavior
While short term symptoms are likely to occur after a trauma event, PTSD is generally a longer term illness that may not even be noticeable for weeks or months after an event.
PTSD treatment consists of a variety of modalities ranging from medications to psychotherapy. It is vital to see a PTSD treatment specialized psychiatrist as not every psychology professional is adequately trained or experienced in treatment for PTSD.
Rogers Memorial Hospital has a team of specialists who are experts in the treatment of PTSD and other trauma related mental illness. Rogers is known for our exceptional array of programs that use CBT and ERP in order meet the PTSD treatment needs of individuals from the mild to acute. The best way to free yourself or a loved one from the grip of PTSD is to seek assistance and possibly treatment. Patients often say during recovery they did not realize life could be so enjoyable again.
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