Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder triggered by a traumatic event. The traumatic event could be anything that jeopardized their life or safety or that of the individuals around them. Any individual that witnesses or faces tragic events that threatened their life may deal with some form of PTSD. When the memory of the event continuously haunts you and disrupts your day-to-day functioning, you should seek the help of a healthcare professional.
Experiencing, witnessing, and hearing about a traumatic or grave event that threatens the life of ourselves or others, such as natural disaster, military combat, sexual abuse, or violence, can make you vulnerable to PTSD. Most people who experience such events overcome it with time, but a significant minority develop PTSD that requires intervention and therapy.
Some potential PTSD causing factors includes:
- Childhood trauma or domestic abuse
- Jobs such as firefighter and police, which exerts continuous pressure and stress
- Genetic factors, including mental health issues that run in the family
- Anxiety and depression
- Physical or sexual assault
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can disrupt your everyday life; memory flashes, sounds, visions, or words related to the traumatic event could trigger the symptoms. Some symptoms of PTSD include:
- A negative outlook about people around you or the community as a whole
- Lack of self-esteem and hopelessness
- Physical reactions such as sweating, elated heartbeat when thinking about the event
- A tendency to avoid people, places, or events that triggers the memory of the traumatic event
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Sudden lack of interest in things that you used to enjoy
How EG Healthcare can help
Our team of mental health providers will work with you to create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs. We treat each individual differently and always keep an eye out for specific symptoms that could derail your regular life pattern. Our psychiatric specialists at EG Healthcare strive to offer a comfortable and stable environment to help you regain control over your emotional and physical health. Our mental health support team is committed to educating and providing constant care and attention throughout the treatment.
We provide both medical and mental support for PTSD patients, in addition to medical care; you will get the following support for an efficient treatment plan:
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
- Prolonged exposure therapy
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
- Stress inoculation training
Frequently asked questions:
How many appointments does it take to treat PTSD?
Treatment time varies from individual to individual. People with long-standing PTSD usually take longer for their symptoms to fade in comparison to others who may not have had PTSD as long.
What is the most effective treatment for PTSD?
Many people find both therapy (CBT, Exposure therapy, EMDR, etc.) in combination with medication management to be most effective in treating PTSD.
Can PTSD reoccur after treatment and cure?
As with many mental disorders, symptoms may occur after treatment, especially if the individual is exposed to triggers but the good news is that with tools learned in therapy and medication (if needed), the individual will be better equipped to deal with occasional flare-ups. The expectation is for the symptoms to gradually fade over time.
What happens if PTSD goes untreated?
Untreated PTSD can cause depression, insomnia, and substance use in an attempt to cope with the symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, etc.). It is important to seek help from a trained mental health provider if you are experiencing symptoms.
Does PTSD get worse with age?
For some, PTSD may get worse with age as some older people are retired and may have more time on their hands to think about the traumatic experience and engage in fewer activities that could serve as a distraction.