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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric mental health condition occurring after a person experiences a life-altering traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, rape, intentional or unintentional death, act of terrorism, or traumatic childhood.

The course of treatment recommended by a medical professional is greatly dependent upon the patient, the type of trauma, and the patient’s response to certain prescription medications.

PTSD does not discriminate against age, race, religion, gender, or ethnicity, meaning it can affect anyone at any time in life.

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD significantly impacts a person’s daily life including their ability to feel safe and/or comfortable leaving their home.

A person living with post-traumatic stress disorder may experience a wide variety of symptoms ranging from intrusive thoughts to mood changes and cognitive alterations.

Examples of PTSD symptoms include:

  • Repetitive memories of a traumatic event
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks, feeling of “reliving” a traumatic event
  • Refusing to be around certain people
  • No longer visiting a place that triggers thoughts of the event
  • Inability to remember key factors of the traumatic event
  • Engaging in reckless activities
  • Feeling void of happiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability 
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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of disorder that occurs in people who have been involved in a traumatic event. People with PTSD suffer from disturbing thoughts and feelings relating to the traumatic event.

What causes PTSD?

While traumatic events are the cause of PTSD, there are some factors that put some people at a higher risk for PTSD than others. People who have other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression for example, are more likely to suffer from PTSD.

How to treat PTSD?

There are various types of therapy and medicines that can be used to manage PTSD. Your BestMind clinician can help you find the right combination of medications and therapy.

Is PTSD a disability?

PTSD can be a justification for a social security disability claim, if it is properly documented and severe enough to interfere with day to day functioning.

Is PTSD curable?

People who suffer from PTSD often find ways to manage or alleviate symptoms with treatments like medication and therapy.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of PTSD, book an appointment today.