POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel scary for both the people experiencing it and those around them. When left untreated, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can have devastating effects. That is why our providers and the team at Ohio Psychiatry Services in Lancaster, Ohio, use a proactive, modern approach to treating PTSD. To schedule an appointment with the psychiatry team, call Ohio Psychiatry Services or book a visit online today.
What is PTSD?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety disorder in which you continue to experience debilitating fear long after a traumatic event. It is perfectly normal to feel anxious from time to time.
Whether you are going through a significant life change, having a stressful time at work, or experiencing uncertainty about the future, anxiety is typically the centerpiece of critical decision-making.
Fear during a traumatic situation triggers your brain’s fight-or-flight response, which helps you protect yourself from danger. However, if you are continuing to feel that fear months after the event, and it is affecting your ability to perform your daily tasks, you may have PTSD.
Who is at risk of PTSD?
You are at risk of PTSD if you’ve recently experienced or witnessed a terrifying or traumatizing event. The risk of developing PTSD increases if you have:
- A history of mental health issues
- Experienced trauma during childhood
- Lived through a traumatic experience (near-death experience, rape, etc.)
- Problems with substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol
- Seen a dead body
It is typically easier to fight off the symptoms of PTSD if you have:
- A strong support system
- Positive coping strategies
- Access to mental health care
The Ohio Psychiatric Services team can help you learn healthy ways to respond to sudden fear when it arises.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms vary from person to person, but many patients experience both emotional and physical symptoms, including:
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Avoiding people or places that remind you of the traumatic event
- Nightmares about the event
- Flashbacks to the event
- Memory problems
- Detachment from friends and family
- Risky behavior, such as drinking heavily or driving too fast
- Angry outbursts
- Extreme guilt
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling easily frightened or startled
The intensity of your PTSD symptoms can ebb and flow. Most people with PTSD notice their symptoms increase in severity during times of stress.
How is PTSD treated?
The team at Ohio Psychiatric Services offers a variety of PTSD treatments at their office, including:
The team provides trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for those who have experienced severe trauma. This form of psychotherapy identifies and treats the cause of PTSD by changing dysfunctional behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. The team also encourages you to practice mindfulness, art therapy, and holistic therapy, which focuses on proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy
TMS therapy is a medication-free treatment for depression and anxiety disorders that uses gentle magnetic pulses to activate certain parts of the brain that can relieve many of your PTSD symptoms noninvasively.
If you have PTSD, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication can help relieve many of your symptoms, including depression, suicidal thoughts, and insomnia.
You are not alone if you are experiencing PTSD symptoms. To schedule an appointment with Ohio Psychiatric Services, call or book online now.