Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that can affect the life of a person dramatically after any type of horrific event has occurred and 2nd Chance Treatment Center is dedicated to educating and evaluating each individual on their symptoms and the severity of the PTSD.
The symptoms of PTSD can start anywhere from three months to years after the event took place and oftentimes a person with PTSD will re-live the events in their minds through flashbacks and nightmares. Many people have reported waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats and reliving as though the event is happening again. They will avoid places with crowds and isolate themselves from friends and family. Relating to others can be a nightmare in itself as some no longer show affection. Tension can also build up as the heart races, and blood pressure rises with bad cases of diarrhea and nausea. Loud noises and sounds can startle them, and it can throw them into a panic attack. Mood swings and outburst of rage can occur as well with patients.
What Causes PTSD?
Well known events that cause PTSD are; wars, vehicle accidents, any type of physical or sexual harm, natural disasters, or witnessing something tragic. Most people get over the effects of such events over time, but for PTSD patients the emotional side effects can last for longer periods. Soldiers that go to war may have injured or killed someone in combat, or they may have gotten injured themselves. People in vehicle accidents who survive will mostly see the accident happen again in their mind as their senses are experiencing the same event through sight, smell, sounds, and emotions.
Those of whom who experience physical or sexual abuse tend to relive the abuse constantly. Most are spouses or children. For children, the effects can alter the normal growing cycle and motor skills necessary to function to live a normal life. It can also give them low self-esteem throughout their lives which can be a constant battle. Living through a natural disaster or witnessing something tragic also have the same effects that cause PTSD.
Techniques for Managing PTSD
There are a few ways to live a normal life with PTSD. Since PTSD is a condition of the mind, one can use their mind to overcome the symptoms or lessen them to fulfill a normal everyday life. Meditation throughout the day can help the person focus on happy or relaxing thoughts, and it can train their mind to remain calm. Physical activities such as walking, jogging, working, or anything recreational can also take the person’s mind off of the issues that cause PTSD.
Studies have also shown that massaging with any type of relaxing oils between one’s eyebrows and pulse points is soothing to the patient while easing the symptoms. This process is known as Aromatherapy. Art projects are also becoming a hit with the therapist to help patients cope with this condition. It helps the patient put their thoughts and emotions to good use by making sculptures, drawings, or paintings.
2nd Chance Treatment Center also guides their patients in the right direction with their certified doctors and psychiatrist according to each individual’s needs. There are medical treatments and behavioral therapy therapy for PTSD which are covered through most insurances and through Medicaid and Medicare.
About Our Treatment Center in Gilbert
At 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Gilbert, AZ, one will find the treatments necessary to get back on the right track of life. The outpatient treatments available are for any mental health conditions or behavioral issues, and drug and alcohol abuse. Our patients come first, as they find the environment comfortable for the recovery process to a better life. There are many testimonies that prove our facility puts our patients on the path to recovery from addictions, depression, PTSD, ADHD, as our assistance lessens the chances of relapsing.