Post-traumatic stress disorder is not just a mental disorder that affects veterans. People who have experienced a traumatic event/events in their lives are at higher risk for the disorder. Being aware of symptoms in yourself and others and seeking professional help from a psychiatrist and/or therapist is critical.
While PTSD can look different depending on the person, symptoms of PTSD can be linked to four categories: 1) intrusions, 2) avoidance, 3) hyperarousal, and 4) negative alterations in mood or thinking. Intrusions are things like recurring nightmares or flashbacks related to the trauma. Avoidant symptoms are seen when a person avoids situations, places or people related to the trauma to avoid reliving it. Hyperarousal symptoms can be seen when a person is more on-edge or irritable as a result of the trauma. Finally, negative alterations in mood and thinking can be so severe that people have a hard time completing daily tasks and, in the most severe cases, can end their lives.
But there is good news: for people who struggle with PTSD, treatment (in the form of medication and/or therapy) can greatly improve their quality of life. Depending on the severity of the trauma and how debilitated a person is by symptoms, our psychiatrists at CalPsychiatry can help determine the best course of treatment. If you or a loved one may be struggling after enduring or witnessing a traumatic event, call our practice for an assessment. You don’t have to live in the confines of your trauma any longer. Get help today.