According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7%-8% of the population will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. PTSD is a severe disorder that interferes with the sufferer’s daily functions and relationships. People use different mechanisms to avoid exposure to traumatic events including avoidance and substance abuse. The health professionals at the PTSD Treatment Center in Mesa know how to recognize the signs of PTSD so that we are treating the of your problems and not just symptoms.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that manifests itself after a person has suffered a traumatic event. There is a wide range of events that can trigger PTSD including a car accident, experiencing a natural disaster, and getting attacked. Other life events such as receiving bad news or the death of a loved one can also trigger PTSD.
PTSD is not a casual diagnosis. Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose PTSD. The diagnosis process includes the following:
PTSD is treated with one or a combination of several types of treatments. The therapeutic solutions usually include one or more of the following: psychotherapy, maintenance medication and group therapy.
Mental health professionals have a useful and diverse therapeutic toolkit to help PTSD patients. It is common for therapy to combine multiple treatment modalities. Here is a summary of common psychotherapy approaches.
PTSD causes the brain’s neurotransmitter to trigger the “fight or flight” response more than it should. As a result, PTSD patients are always on edge. Medication minimizes the patient’s excessive thought patterns and reactions to the traumatic experience. It can also restore a person’s sense of well-being. There are several medications used to treat PTSD including:
You or your loved one may have PTSD if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
Traumatic events can be a contributing factor to substance abuse related disorders. We offer behavioral therapy methods to help reveal and resolve the underlying cause of opioid or alcohol use. 2nd Chance Treatment Center uses integrated-evidence based treatment plans. Don’t suffer alone. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.