Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
Not all wounds are visible. Some of them are internal scars that leave negative impressions on the mind. In such a situation, an individual starts living in despair, cocooned in his thoughts which are nothing but nightmares that bring back bad memories. Unfortunately, there are many who suffer from such a mental state, which is a severe mental instability called Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is a serious debilitating condition that is triggered by traumatic events, causing intense fear, helplessness and distress. In fact, it can jeopardize the safety of an individual. Traumatic experiences can be varied: dreadful experiences during a war, a loved one’s untimely death, natural disasters, sexual assault, childhood neglect, accidents or any other life-threatening incident. The effect of the disorder can be so immense that it can considerably affect an individual’s emotional stability.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), about seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. In fact, about 8 million adults suffer from PTSD in a year. Women are more prone to PTSD as compared to men i.e. about 10 percent women suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives in comparison to just 4 percent men.
Who are prone to suffer from PTSD?
The VA states that not all people who suffer from trauma develop PTSD. The department has highlighted certain instances that can make an individual develop the disorder:
- exposed directly to the trauma, either as a victim or as a witness
- life-threatening events, exposing one to death-like experience
- experiencing severe or long-lasting trauma
- belief of being in danger oneself or of a family member
- experienced a severe reaction like crying, vomiting, shaking, etc. while being exposed to a traumatized event
- feeling utterly helpless during the event and unable to help oneself or a loved one
- experiencing an early-life trauma like meeting with an accident or sexually abused as a child
- having some other mental disorder or someone in family being a victim of some mental disorder
- unexpected death of a loved one
- little or no support from family and friends during crisis.
- addicted to substances
PTSD has been the most commonly diagnosed disorder among veterans returning from war. Wars and combat expeditions render deep scars that affect a veteran, both mentally and physically. The impact of war remains in the minds of many veterans, making them prone to the disorder.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD can be so devastating that it may affect a person’s day-to-day functioning. The symptoms of PTSD can differ from person to person who can show the following symptoms:
- Re-experiencing traumatic event: One can have bitter memories of a traumatic event that can recur in the form of nightmares and flashbacks. Even things, places and people can bring back bad memories.
- Avoiding situational triggers that prompt recurrence of events: One can start avoiding situations, persons, things that might make one remember the past trauma. For example, avoiding crowd to rule out danger, avoiding driving, if met with an accident before, etc.
- Negative feelings and emotional upheaval: A traumatic experience can change one’s attitude towards life, people and relationships. One starts worrying about any upcoming danger that might resemble past experiences. People might have sleepless nights, get startled easily, have trouble concentrating or be restless all the time.
Treatment for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment can help an individual regain back his life by putting aside painful memories. Psychotherapies play an important role in treating a person with PTSD. Combining psychotherapies with medications can help in improving symptoms, easing anxiousness, and coping better with traumatic situations.
- Psychotherapies: Psychotherapies are helpful in treating a person with PTSD. Some of the most common psychotherapies used in treating this disorder are:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps a person alter his/her thoughts and change the way one behaves. The goal is to help one come to terms with the reality and understand how certain thoughts can cause stress and worsen the symptoms. CBT helps one understand that a traumatic event can happen to anyone, but one needs to learn coping strategies to deal with feelings of anger, guilt and sadness.
- Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy helps an individual face the fear by exposing him/her to the trauma and helping to deal with the situation. A therapist might use the method of virtual reality to make an individual get exposed to his/her trauma or use mental imagery or visit the place where the event happened.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR helps change the way an individual reacts to the memories of a traumatic experience. A series of guided eye movements are followed so that one focusses on other stimuli to cope with an event.
- Medicines: Several medications like antidepressants, anti-anxiety medicines might be prescribed that would help ease worries and aid in the psychotherapy process. However, such medicines need to be taken according to the prescription.
In fact, certain relaxation techniques like yoga, exercise, meditation, deep breathing, massage, etc. can help calm down a patient’s mind and body and reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
Finding the right PTSD treatment centers
PTSD treatment can be imparted in a variety of clinical settings. Some of the most common ones are:
- Inpatient treatment center: An individual has to enroll in an inpatient treatment center which is a residential facility providing PTSD treatment. It provides 24/7 monitoring and care by well-equipped doctors and nurses. The treatment for PTSD imparted in this center is best for people with severe PTSD symptoms.
- Outpatient treatment center: An outpatient treatment center is for people who are not able to enroll in a residential program. Such a center provides the liberty to the patient to go back home after the treatment. People whose PTSD symptoms are not severe and can be managed while doing the daily chores can opt for this facility.
- Specialized treatment centers: With specialized PTSD rehab centers, people can seek a comfortable stay as well as work during the treatment process. A luxury rehab center provides luxurious amenities just like in a five-star hotel. Plush green lawns, gyms, massage parlors, gourmet meals etc. are part of a luxury rehab center. Specialized treatment programs for professionals can also be found in executive rehab centers. Customized treatment, suiting the mental state of a professional, can be availed in such executive centers. Here, a professional can also get access to internet, phones and laptops to carry on their professional commitments.
Finding the right treatment center is just a conversation away. We, at the Recover Mental Health, understand how PTSD can turn your life into something that might not have been imagined by you. Things or situations can take an ugly turn, leaving a scar in a person’s life.
But scars can fade and we are here to help you in your healing process. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-593-2339 or chat online to know more about post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. It is time to overcome your haunting trauma so that life has a new meaning for you again.