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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment Centers

Sprout Health California is eager to help you stop your PTSD in its tracks.

ptsdOver 7 million adults throughout the nation suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that may develop in an individual after experiencing a terrifying event, in which they suffer physical or psychological harm. This disorder affects the fight-or-flight response in the body, and is also classified as an anxiety disorder. Typically, it’s triggered when the individual is in a stressful situation or when the individual is experiencing fear. The fear and anxiety they feel ties back to the initial stressful situation, and can cause them to revisit the experience with all the intensity and emotion as if it was happening again. Instances can occur where PTSD is triggered for seemingly no reason, or when the individual is sleeping.

Many afflicted with PTSD are military and war veterans, but they are not the only ones who suffer from it. Many people develop PTSD from losing a loved one, experiencing childhood trauma, or experiencing one large traumatizing event. The most unfortunate part of PTSD is that the person suffering from it has to continually re-live the event multiple times. If severe enough PTSD can cause huge mental issues, and greatly affect the performance of everyday tasks.

What are the risk factors?

There are many events that could lead to the development of the disorder, including; childhood neglect, childhood abuse, exposure to war combat, being threatened with a weapon, sexual molestation, and physical attacks, lack of support after a traumatic experience, traumatic experiences, witnessing a murder, getting injured, and loss of a loved one. As you can see, there are many things that can bring about PTSD, but only real treatment can help with PTSD.

Role of the Brain

Researchers are currently studying the brains of those afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to understand if there is any relation between genetic makeup, the brain, and developing the disorder. In the brain, the Amygdala has been determined to play a part in the development of this disorder. The Amygdala is the portion of the brain known to control emotion, learning, and memory. Another vital part of the brain that has been determined to affect the development of the disorder is the Prefrontal Cortex. Inside of the brain the Prefrontal Cortex controls decision making, problem solving, and judgement. In PTSD triggers signal the individual’s brain sending them into flashing, causing the re-live the traumatic event.

What are the symptoms?

There are three categories that classify the symptoms of the disorder. One is the hyper-arousal symptoms that may develop to difficulty in sleeping, edginess and startled reactions. The second one is the avoidance of anything that reminds the individual of the traumatic event. The person may suffer from depression, loss of interest in daily activities or hobbies, and emotional numbness. The last category is the re-experiencing or reliving of the traumatic experience through bad dreams, physical response and flashbacks.

Treatment

Using these many different methods, people with PTSD have the most effective chance of making a full recovery.

Those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) require a full treatment program that creates a support system and involves various psychological, social, and emotional elements. Our treatment facilities utilize these different elements to create a cohesive, effective, and complete plan designated to accurately treat the Disorder. We first assess patients to determine if there are any other conditions that exists, and are in co-occurrence in the individual. If so, we make sure to address them in during the treatment so that all issues will be treated at the same time, giving the patient the best chances for recovery.

Along with traditional methods for treatment, our facilities administer medication and employ expressive and experiential treatments. These complementary treatments are also determined by the needs of the patient, and have proven to help with the rehabilitation of the mind. Most frequently, those suffering from PTSD are given antidepressants to help control anger and sadness. They may also be given Benzodiazepines in order to help them relax or sleep regularly. In the most extreme causes antipsychotics may be prescribed.

As for the natural treatments, Psychotherapy is extremely useful when using Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) that include exposure therapy. This treatment creates a controlled environment and then re-exposes the individual to the traumatic instance, giving them the opportunity to respond to it properly, and learn how to cope with it. The individuals are also trained on how to reduce anxiety and treat stress, in order to have fewer PTSD episodes.


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