Military personnel and war veterans are often afflicted with PTSD, but they are not the only ones who suffer from it.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop in an individual after experiencing a traumatic event where they suffer psychological or physical harm. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects the fight-or-flight response inside of the individual. This disorder is also one that is also classified as an anxiety disorder. Often, it’s triggered when an afflicted individual faces a stressful or frightening situation. This causes the individual to experience a flashback to the initial traumatic event. During the flashback the individual experiences the same stress and emotion as intense as they were when the individual experienced the initial event. PTSD is usually latent for a period of time before the individual begins to have flashbacks. Once the PTSD begins to show, it becomes unpredictable when the individuals will experience flashbacks.
Many individuals develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from experiencing childhood trauma, losing a loved one, or experiencing one large traumatizing event. The saddest aspect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is that the individual suffering from it has to continually re-live the traumatic event multiple times. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can cause mental issues, and greatly affect daily life, if the disorder becomes too severe.
Studies by The National Center on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have determined the disorder impacts close to 8 million people in the U.S. Fortunately for those afflicted, we offer comprehensive services to help deal with their condition. We aim to help clients build a large support network, learn tools to control their stress, and learn how to deal with their PTSD symptoms. For many with the disorder it may feel like there is nothing that can be done, but with proper treatment these individuals can return to living a relatively normal life.
What Does PTSD do?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder adjusts the fight or flight response. It causes the afflicted individual the re-live a traumatic event and experience the same amount of fear and anxiety as they did the moment the event was happening. Typically, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is diagnosed after a person experiences the flashback for longer than a month.
Symptoms of PTSD can include:
Children often display Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms differently from adults. Symptoms children display include becoming excessively clingy, reenacting the event with others, and wetting the bed. As children grow older the symptoms typically grow worse, and can eventually overwhelm the individual.
Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder requires a treatment program that offer a comprehensive treatment program. The Program should be equipped to treat various emotion, social, and psychological elements associated with the disorder. Our treatments use these three elements to create an effective, cohesive, and complete care plan, created to accurately treat the disorder. First we assess the individual to find out of any other conditions co-exist this one. Assessment also give us the opportunity to unsurface all of the issues that further the disorder and give us the opportunity to gauge the severity of the PTSD. Understanding the entirety of the problem gives us the ability to simultaneously address all issues that are furthering or causing the disorder. In doing so, we are providing the individual with the best chance for for a normal life.
As part of the treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder our facilities administer medication, if needed, and employ a variety of therapeutic and experiential treatments. Typical medication for those suffering from PTSD are antidepressants to help control anger and sadness, Benzodiazepines to help regulate sleep, and in severe cases antipsychotics.
The therapeutic treatments used are mostly based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as it is the most effective at helping an individual understand their disorder, and modify their behavior. The aim of this type of therapy is to give the individual the opportunity to experience the traumatic event and respond to it properly. The individual will learn how to cope with the situation and how attribute the stress to the past event. Along with that, the individual will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, in order to reduce the number of triggers and PTSD episodes they face.