Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
For those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), finding peace and happiness can be a daily struggle. Memories of a horrific life-event can lead those with trauma or PTSD to additional ongoing problems, such as panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts or ideation.
The Delray Center for Healing is dedicated to using an advanced combination of therapy and medications, tailored to each individual’s specific needs for PTSD treatment.
PTSD Signs & Symptoms
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a stand-alone mental health condition that can be diagnosed in both adults and adolescents, and even sometimes in children. Persons with PTSD experience recurrent symptoms following a traumatic event. Traumatic events can be finite, such as being in a car crash, or long-term, such as being in an abusive relationship or serving in a war-zone as part of the military. Trauma can come from directly experiencing a traumatic event (serious injury, sexual assault, etc), witnessing a traumatic event, or from repeated exposure to details about traumatic events.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder fall into three main clusters: re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks and nightmares, avoidant behaviors and emotional numbness, and increased irritability and jumpiness. Post-traumatic re-experiencing often comes in the form of recurring dreams, involuntary, intrusive recollections of the event, and even dissociative episodes and physiological reactions to triggers. Because the reaction to anything related to the trauma is so visceral, sufferers of PTSD often persistently avoid any external reminders, as well as any thoughts or memories associated with their trauma. They become detached, are unable to experience positive emotions, and can develop exaggerated negative beliefs about themselves or the world around them.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder usually carries with it multiple symptoms of excessive arousal or reactivity. These can include self-destructive behavior (like substance abuse), outbursts of anger, insomnia, problems concentrating, and hypervigilance. The combination of all these symptoms can vary from person-to-person, but they almost always impair normal social or occupational functioning – People with PSTD may have trouble abstaining from drugs or alcohol, may not be able to work, and may have issues in school.
While Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be horrific for those who have it, the good news is that there are multiple PTSD treatments available with high success rates. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one therapeutic approach designed to treat distress due to traumatic memories. Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) is another therapeutic modality specifically used to treat PTSD. Proper psychiatric care and medication can also help alleviate PTSD symptoms, to allow the individual to participate in therapy and address the root of their trauma. The Delray Center for Healing offers all of these treatment approaches, as well as exercise therapy, art & expressive therapy, and TMS therapy, which can be combined to create an individualized treatment plan unique to the person suffering from PTSD.