Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms & Treatment
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex of symptoms experienced after a life-threatening event. Although many people associate PTSD with combat, it can be suffered by anyone. For example, first-responders like EMTs or firefighters are at risk. So are victims of abuse and natural disasters. Many sufferers do not realize they have PTSD.
What Are the Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is nothing like what it seems in the popular imagination. PTSD sufferers are not violent or dangerous. They may experience flashbacks or hallucinations, but these are fearful, intrusive experiences. PTSD involves a great deal of anxiety and confusion.
Some common symptoms of PTSD include:
Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, especially accompanied by nightmares;
Frightening and reoccurring thoughts about a past event or about it happening again;
Feeling tense, anxious or threatened, which may contribute to moodiness or outbursts;
Difficulty remembering the traumatic event, potentially with other memory impairment.
PTSD is closely related to the difficulty trauma sufferers may have processing their feelings. Many trauma sufferers feel guilty and ashamed about a traumatic event, feeling it was “their fault” or that they should have been able to prevent it somehow.
PTSD Treatment at Affinity Treatment Centers
In many cases, it is possible to alleviate or even eliminate symptoms of PTSD with appropriate treatment. Care addresses individual symptoms – such as treatment for anxiety – while helping the patient confront and cope with unresolved feelings associated with PTSD.
Over time, through a complete course of care including anxiety treatment, it is possible for many people to move forward confidently free of PTSD. At Affinity Treatment Centers, we offer a variety of approaches, customizing treatment plans to each individual:
Many people with PTSD react very positively to certain medications. To get the best results, it’s essential that the dosage be correct and consistent. Affinity experts will help ensure you get the ideal clinical dose for your situation.
Group therapy is especially effective for PTSD sufferers. It is important to see that other people face similar challenges and have feelings you recognize. We believe in intimate yet fast-paced group sessions where everyone learns something of value.
The ability to talk and articulate your feelings about trauma is essential. Sometimes, this is best done in a private, confidential environment. Affinity Treatment Centers employs only the most experienced and compassionate experts to help you.
Recreational & Art Therapy
Often, the best way to crystallize your feelings about a difficult time is through some form of self-expression. We offer art therapy, equine therapy and a wide variety of other methods you can use to get in touch with yourself.
To learn more, contact Affinity Treatment Centers today.