Traumas, as varied as terrorist attacks, train wrecks, and long-term spousal abuse, can all trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If a distressing event has led to you experiencing symptoms of PTSD, the team at IC Health Services Inc. can help. They provide exceptional support and treatment for patients at offices in Pikesville and Frederick, Maryland. If you're looking for someone with both clinical expertise and compassion, call the office nearest you to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation or book an appointment online today.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can affect people who are involved in or bear witness to a traumatic event. It's best known as a condition that affects combat veterans, but anyone can develop PTSD.
Examples of PTSD triggers include:
You can also have chronic PTSD if you've suffered a prolonged trauma, such as childhood abuse or domestic violence.
PTSD symptoms take four forms:
People with PTSD find it difficult or impossible to put their memories of the traumatic experience to the back of their minds, and end up reliving them repeatedly. You might have vivid nightmares when you're asleep, then suffer flashbacks when you're awake. Flashbacks aren't simply memories –– you feel as though you're living through the trauma all over again.
Avoidance behaviors develop as a defense mechanism against intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares. You might avoid anything that reminds you of the trauma, including places, people, and situations. You probably avoid talking about what happened as well.
Depression and anxiety are common with PTSD, and you may have paralyzing feelings of fear, guilt, anger, or shame. Suspicion bordering on paranoia makes you unable to trust anyone, and social isolation is also a frequent problem for PTSD patients.
You could find you're far less tolerant and quickly get irritable or have angry outbursts. Loud sounds or anything that triggers your memories of the trauma can make you excessively jumpy, and your body could be in a flight-or-fight mode, ready for danger, most or all of the time.
Your provider typically uses a combination of medications and psychotherapy to treat PTSD. Medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs help reduce the severity of your anxiety and depression so you can benefit more from the talking therapy.
As PTSD often causes a reluctance to talk about what happened, you might find it especially difficult to open up during your therapy sessions. However, this process is vital in successfully overcoming the trauma.
The team has extensive experience in helping patients with PTSD and offers you the empathy and compassion you need as well as medical expertise. You could also access your therapy sessions remotely using the IC Health Services Inc. telehealth system.
If PTSD is casting a shadow over your life, reach out to someone who can genuinely help you recover. Call IC Health Services Inc. today, or book an appointment online.