PTSD Treatment

Experiencing a traumatic event can take a toll on your mental health. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis that can have long-lasting and serious repercussions. It can change how you handle certain situations, change how you socialize, and change how you live day today. The good thing is, PTSD is something many people have experienced,  therefore many different treatments and interventions have been made available. If you think you may be struggling with PTSD, the right treatment protocol should be assessed first by a licensed professional. Some of the most effective treatment options include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, talk therapy, medications and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). Keep reading to understand PTSD and then call us to get help from our team of licensed professionals who will do a full assessment before working with you to find the right treatment plan.

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What is PTSD?

PTSD is a condition one suffers after witnessing or being directly involved in a profoundly frightening or life-altering event. Although any trauma can be life-altering, and one may have difficulty adjusting and coping, when the effects of that trauma last more than months or even get worse with time,  it may be diagnosed as PTSD. Many veterans experience PTSD, but there are also many people that have never been in the military that also suffer from this disorder. In today’s society, there are many micro-events that can occur-  even watching the news can trigger PTSD like symptoms. Symptoms may include nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks or even continuously obsessing about the triggering event. These symptoms can have additional side effects such as insomnia, paranoia, and the desire to be isolated and withdraw from social situations, leading to depression and other serious challenges if left unmanaged.

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What Are the Treatments for PTSD?

The good news is that PTSD is a manageable condition in the hands of a qualified mental health professional. Treatment options often involve a combination of psychotherapy and medications.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on improving PTSD symptoms and how they are handled:  building self-esteem, and imparting skills that can help manage the condition. This approach is sometimes referred to as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Common therapies that fall under CBT include:

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT usually starts with you sharing about the traumatic incident with your therapist. Narrating the ordeal in detail helps the therapist figure out the severity of the condition. Often, processing the unpleasant memories makes emotions run high, forcing patients to confront the thoughts associated with a traumatic event. This is expected and helps bring about a sense of relief while building trust. Trusting your treatment team will help you accept the help and come to terms with the past events to kickstart the healing process. This therapy can last from a few months of weekly treatments to well beyond – everyone’s healing process is different.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Some that suffer from PTSD may find it difficult to talk about the trauma or there may be certain triggers like sights and smells that remind them of the distressing event. Prolonged exposure therapy helps you face these things and conquer those fears. Besides the emotional symptoms,  the respiratory system is affected in critical PTSD cases, and anxiety causes the heartbeat to become irregular. The therapist teaches breathing techniques that will help control those physical reactions that occur when reminded of the trauma experienced.

Patients are asked to confront their trauma multiple times, by doing so a person learns that anxiety and fear will lessen on its own. Once the memory of the event has been thoroughly processed, patients are taught how to confront those memories and start to take back control in order to take back power and begin to reduce the physical and emotional toll of their symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is not considered as a CBT therapy and may not be as widely known as some of the other treatment methods. EMDR centers around the belief that just like a body can recover from physical injury, the brain can recover after an emotional injury. Just like dirt in a wound will cause infection and must be removed before healing can be successful; the impact of a traumatic event causes the emotional wound to get infected which can cause intense suffering. 

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Using very detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their own natural healing processes. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. One part of the session is having patients follow the therapist’s back and forth hand movements with their eyes. Different studies have shown that after all 8 phases are concluded, clients finish EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once controlled them. Those emotional wounds have not just closed, they have completely healed stronger than ever.

Prescription Medications

Medications haven’t been shown to heal PTSD symptoms alone and when used they are usually meant to be supplemental to psychotherapy to help improve the symptoms more quickly. Antidepressants may be prescribed to help improve sleep problems and concentration. For short time frames, anti-anxiety medications may be used but should never be prescribed as a long term solution. You and your treatment team should always work together to figure out the best medication, with the fewest side effects, for your symptoms and situation.

PTSD Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

  • Women develop PTSD more often than men.
  • Listening to your favorite music genre can be therapeutic if you have PTSD.
  • Not everyone involved in a traumatic event will suffer from PTSD. For instance, a car accident victim with minor injuries may develop critical PTSD, while those who sustained life-threatening injuries in the same accident may not suffer PTSD at all.
  • Trying to help treat the condition of PTSD can make some caregivers, close friends and relatives develop PTSD.
  • Children can also develop PTSD

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BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness care about your behavioral health. We have well trained and accomplished professionals in psychiatry who are waiting to help you minimize the impact that your mental health needs have on your overall well-being. PTSD and other mental challenges can be managed to let you live a fulfilling life. We advocate early diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens and spirals out of control. Please reach out to us as soon as you notice signs that point to mental disturbances in yourself, a family member, or a friend. We are here to restore mental health and save lives.

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