Trauma affects everyone differently. About 20% of people who experience a traumatic event develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can have a significant effect on your quality of life. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, the mental health experts specialize in diagnosing and treating PTSD and can provide the attentive care you need to get back to doing the things you enjoy. To schedule an appointment with the experienced team, call the office in Phoenix, Glendale, or Gilbert, Arizona, or use the online booking tool today.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that develops after a terrifying or traumatic event. Many people associate PTSD with war, but an accident, natural disaster, or assault can lead to the development of the psychiatric condition.

However, not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD. You are at greater risk if you have a history of stressful life experiences such as abuse or mental health disorders. PTSD is more common in women than in men. 

If you suffer from PTSD, you may have a difficult time managing your everyday life. You may not be able to concentrate at work or school, and you may withdraw from your family and friends. It’s also not uncommon for someone suffering from PTSD to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. 

What are PTSD symptoms?

For most people, PTSD symptoms start within a month of the traumatic event. However, some people may go years without developing symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD symptoms are divided into four categories:

Intrusive thoughts

Intrusive thoughts include obsessive thoughts that you can’t seem to control. This may include flashbacks, nightmares, and memories of the event that continuously play in your mind.


Avoidance symptoms include your inability to return to the place you experienced a traumatic event or be around people who remind you of the event.

Negative thoughts and feelings

Negative thoughts and feelings may include distrust, pessimism, fear, anger, and guilt. 

Overarousal and irritation

With PTSD, you may find yourself easily angered or irritated. You may also feel jumpy and frightened, expecting something traumatic to happen. 

How is PTSD diagnosed?

PTSD is often misdiagnosed or undertreated. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center performs comprehensive evaluations when you come in for care to ensure you get the most accurate diagnosis. The team may perform a physical and psychological exam and review the events of your life that may have caused your symptoms. 

How is PTSD treated?

The mental health experts at 2nd Chance Treatment Center develop individualized treatment plans for managing PTSD based on your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include medication and psychotherapy. 

To schedule an evaluation for PTSD for yourself or a loved one, call 2nd Chance Treatment Center or click the online appointment button today. 

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