Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that typically appears after a traumatic event in your life. Sometimes, the symptoms of PTSD start to show up very soon after the event or circumstance. In other cases, PTSD symptoms do not appear until much later in life.
PTSD has various psychological symptoms, which can cause rippling effects on multiple areas of your life. Prime Psychiatry evaluates symptoms like:
Some of these symptoms could indicate other psychiatric conditions or none at all; therefore, to confirm a diagnosis of PTSD, you must come in for a professional psychiatric evaluation. Our team asks about your symptoms and compares them to criteria for PTSD in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
You could develop PTSD after living through a traumatic event or circumstance or witnessing one, even if you aren’t a direct victim. Though an event or situation may not threaten your life, it can still leave a lasting impact on your psychological wellness.
Experts aren’t certain of what causes some people to get PTSD after traumatic events, while others go without this long-term effect. Your risk for PTSD could be higher than average because of:
Many mental health disorders share the same underlying causes. Your risk for PTSD is particularly high if you lack a strong support system, have worked in a risky or traumatic position like in the military or as a paramedic, or experienced trauma early in your life.
Our team works closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan for your PTSD. A typical treatment plan includes:
Lifestyle medicine refers to the habit and behavior changes you make to improve your mental health condition symptoms. For example, in the case of PTSD, our team might recommend stress management, smoking cessation, getting regular sleep, or avoiding substance use.
Psychotherapy or counseling is a key component of treatment for any mental health condition. Cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are all possible techniques.
Prescription medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications often work well alongside psychotherapy for managing PTSD. Our team offers remote telepsychiatry visits for medication management and other treatment follow-ups.
Flashbacks and vivid dreams of traumatic events could be a sign of PTSD. Contact Prime Psychiatry by phone or request an appointment online today.