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PTSD

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops after a traumatic event.

Soon after you experience trauma or witness a terrifying event, you may develop a variety of symptoms that affect your mental health. Symptoms can also develop years later.

Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Recurrent, intrusive thoughts
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep disturbances

Avoidance of people, places, or things that remind you of the event are also a common side effect of PTSD.

When should I seek treatment for PTSD?

PTSD symptoms can develop after traumatic or stressful events, such as:

  • Military service
  • Auto accident
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Violence
  • Life-threatening medical diagnosis

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Marcann Group for PTSD if your symptoms interfere with your ability to hold a job and meet your other responsibilities.

You also need an evaluation if your PTSD symptoms are severe enough to trigger thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. If you’re considering suicide, call 911 or seek emergency medical care at the nearest hospital.

The team offers diagnostic evaluations for PTSD on-site and through virtual videoconferencing. They evaluate your lifestyle, past trauma, and current support system to determine how best to treat your condition.

How is PTSD treated?

The goal of your PTSD treatment plan is to reduce the symptoms that disrupt your life, so you can regain control over your circumstances.

The Marcann Group team offers several treatments to address PTSD symptoms, including:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, gives you a chance to express your feelings and emotions in a safe space. This type of therapy also gives you the tools you need to cope with stressors that trigger PTSD symptoms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps you recognize negative thoughts and behaviors that lower your quality of life. The team gives you resources that help you change your perception of negative events, so you can improve how you respond to them.

Medications

In combination with psychotherapy, the team may prescribe medications to relieve your anxiety and depression. You may also benefit from medications that improve your quality of sleep.

If you’re tired of avoiding places or people that trigger your PTSD symptoms, call The Marcann Group office nearest to you today or book an appointment online. 

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