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Overview of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is frequently associated with individuals who have experienced traumatic circumstances or events. Unfortunately, we hear a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder in the news and via social media today. It is frequently attributed to soldiers returning from war, police officers who experienced trauma in the line of duty, or emergency services personnel who experience traumatic events as part of their day-to-day jobs. It is important to remember that post-traumatic stress disorder is not limited by professional background. The risks it poses can affect anyone, at any age, who may be the unfortunate victim of or witness to a traumatic situation.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complex mental illness that can result from a variety of factors. Most commonly, symptoms of PTSD develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Trauma or traumatic events can be many things. Common examples include assault, serious injury, abuse, natural disasters, experiencing acts of terrorism, and abuse, among others. Statistics indicate that post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately 4% of adults in the United States each year. Also, women are believed to be twice as likely as men to meet the diagnostic criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders for post-traumatic stress disorder.

When you struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, you will commonly experience overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Disturbing thoughts and feelings explicitly related to the event persist long after the initial trauma is over. Depending on your specific symptoms, it is also common to relive the event through nightmares or flashbacks. People who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder will actively avoid places, people, or situations that remind them of their trauma. When faced with triggers related to the trauma, or ordinary day-to-day stimuli, they may have overwhelming adverse reactions. For some, simple everyday occurrences such as touch or loud noises can lead to overwhelming and abnormally Intense reactions.

One does not need to be the direct victim or witness to trauma to develop PTSD from their experience. It is also possible to develop post-traumatic stress disorder by being indirectly involved in an event. Some people develop symptoms of PTSD by learning about the trauma that happened to a loved one or a close friend. It is also possible to develop PTSD through repeated exposure to trauma. Examples of this may include medical personnel who are consistently exposed to injury or death or social workers who frequently witness instances of abuse.

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When to Get Help for PTSD/Trauma

Overcoming symptoms of PTSD without help from a PTSD treatment center is difficult. Like many mental health struggles, seeking early and effective support to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder provides the most significant opportunities for treatment success. It is also essential to understand what the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may look like. Like many trauma-related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder will look different from person to person. Each person who struggles with the symptoms of the illness will experience them differently. However, several “common” signs and symptoms of PTSD are seen in most cases.

The most common signs of PTSD include reactivity, panic attacks, significant alterations in mood, avoidance, and re-experiencing. If you or a loved one have experienced trauma and struggles with any of the above symptoms or other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that have developed after your experience, it is OK to ask for help. Even if your symptoms are mild, it is still essential to have a conversation with a skilled mental health provider at a PTSD treatment center in Tennessee. Your best opportunities for recovery come with reaching out to someone who understands the difficulties you experience while trying to manage post-traumatic stress disorder.

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What to Expect in PTSD Treatment Center in Nashville, TN?

When you seek help at a PTSD treatment center in Nashville, you can expect to work with your treatment team to develop a uniquely designed program focused on helping you achieve your treatment needs and goals. The most effective and successful treatment programs consist of a combination of therapy, support groups, and, depending on your unique needs, medications to help alleviate the intensity of specific PTSD symptoms.

Therapy is an essential part of PTSD recovery. Often referred to as psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most frequently used treatment models to address mental health and substance use disorders in treatment facilities across the nation. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT aims to encourage participants to consider their thoughts and emotions about their trauma. You are also encouraged to remember the feelings you had at the time and examine the feelings you still have surrounding the event that but to PTSD symptoms. Once you better understand your thoughts and emotions, it is possible to learn healthier ways to manage your feelings when you think of your past trauma and when you experience trauma in the future.

CBT sessions occur in a variety of settings, including individual and group therapy environments. Most importantly, however, therapy occurs in a supported and safe environment that allows you to focus less on your fears about recalling your trauma and more on learning and practicing safe and healthy coping mechanisms to use when your emotions are triggered in the future. Other forms of therapy involve peer support groups. These groups are highly beneficial as they allow participants to share their experiences with others who have shared similar trauma and experienced similar symptoms resulting from traumatic experiences. The ability to share, learn, and grow with a group of like-minded peers helps resolve feelings of isolation that are quite common among individuals struggling with PTSD.

Depending on your specific needs, your provider may also suggest antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or sleep aids as part of your treatment program. These medications are designed to help you manage and reduce the intensity of specific symptoms allowing you to focus on your recovery. When used directed, these medications can help manage symptoms such as panic, anxiety, insomnia, and fear.

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PTSD/Trauma Treatment Center in Tennessee Can Help You

Because post-traumatic stress disorder affects each person differently, it is challenging to pinpoint specific symptoms everyone will experience related to trauma or trauma-related illness. Depending on the individual, they may experience mild symptoms, or the symptoms they experience may become debilitating, overwhelming, and interfere significantly with their day-to-day life. Many who experience a traumatic event and go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder from those experiences do not experience a resolution of their symptoms without seeking help from a PTSD treatment center.

Seeking help at thrives PTSD treatment center in Tennessee can help you learn effective ways to manage your triggers now and in the future. Our skilled team of treatment professionals is experienced in trauma-informed therapy. We will work with you to ensure your treatment plan is uniquely focused on your specific treatment needs and goals. We understand that everyone who struggles with PTSD does so in their own way. Therefore, your treatment program must address the physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges that post-traumatic stress disorder causes for you. If you are ready to start your journey to recovery from PTSD, contact us at thrive in Nashville, TN, to learn more about how our PTSD and trauma-informed treatment programs can help you put PTSD in the past.

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