When someone suffers from a traumatic experience, it can leave a lifelong impression on who they are and the behaviors they exhibit. While some people are able to file away it in their memory as a past (albeit unpleasant) experience, others may be impacted in significant ways. The ways an experience impacts a person varies from individual to individual. When it begins to impact an individual’s life in negative ways to the point of altering their day to day lifestyle, that individual may then be a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of PTSD
To be diagnosed with PTSD, an individual will need to have exhibited the symptoms of PTSD at least one month after the experience that may have caused it. In addition, it’s possible that the symptoms may not show up immediately and could instead take months, or years in some cases, before they can be noticed. Because of the severity of some traumatic experiences, different variables in a person’s life can affect how quickly the symptoms will show up or how significant they can be to someone’s life.
The following are common symptoms of someone who suffers from PTSD and may need to seek out medical evaluation to gain further insight into PTSD and the treatment options available.
- Experiencing nightmares and flashbacks of the traumatic event
- Re-experiencing the same levels of stress and trauma through those nightmares or flashbacks
- Avoiding certain places, people or activities/events that may remind the individual of the trauma or experience
- Appearing emotionally numb
- Heightened arousal as a result of difficult sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating, feeling jump or being easily angered
The causes of PTSD are wide and varied as victims of PTSD are each going to have very different and unique traumatic experiences that brought it on. Thankfully, there is PTSD treatment available to help individuals overcome PTSD or at least managing the symptoms of PTSD.
Like many types of mental illnesses, PTSD treatment involves either psychotherapy or PTSD medication, or in some cases may require both. Consult with your doctor to determine whether or not you will need both PTSD medication and psychotherapy or if one exclusively will help with your medical condition.
Psychotherapy is broken down into different types of PTSD therapy to assist with the management of PTSD symptoms. Depending on the individual and the severity of their PTSD, they may have to try and experiment with different types of therapy.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Virtual Reality Treatment
- Exposure Therapy
- Stress Inoculation Training
- Cognitive Restructuring
Another type of PTSD treatment is through the use of specialized PTSD medication. It’s often best coupled with PTSD therapy like psychotherapy. In many situations, a PTSD center might recommend a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant to help an individual cope with the symptoms of PTSD.
If you’re looking for a PTSD center to help with the PTSD recovery of someone you know, give us a call today at North County Health Services. Whether you’re seeking PTSD medication or psychotherapy, our San Marcos location specializes in Behavioral Health and can help you or someone you know that suffers from PTSD manage and alleviate the symptoms. Treatment for PTSD is just a call away!