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Recognizing PTSD Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone. Some people walk away from a traumatic event without it having a lasting impact, but others aren’t so lucky. There’s no apparent reason some people develop PTSD while others don’t. However, when it develops, healing is possible with the support of professional PTSD treatment programs.  

PTSD symptoms can take many forms. Knowing the signs can help you recognize when to ask for help. Promises is a mental and behavioral health treatment center that offers PTSD treatment. Our compassionate staff helps clients heal from PTSD and overcome trauma. Call 844.875.5609 today to learn more about getting PTSD treatment at Promises.  

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? 

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that develops due to a traumatic or frightening experience. PTSD is often the result of a life-threatening situation, like a car accident or sexual assault. However, PTSD can develop in many types of situations—such as:  

  • Abuse 
  • Harassment 
  • Bullying 
  • Violence 
  • Accidents 
  • Natural disasters 
  • Medical emergencies 

PTSD is common among those working in high-stress jobs where challenging or disturbing events are witnessed. First responders and veterans often develop PTSD as a result of their work. The common theme among all situations that lead to PTSD is the combination of fear with a sense of powerlessness.  

Common Signs of PTSD 

The signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder often worsen over time unless a person receives professional mental health treatment. How PTSD manifests is usually unique to the individual. Some of the most common signs of PTSD include:  

  • Flashbacks 
  • Intrusive thoughts or memories about the event 
  • Fear that a similar event will happen again 
  • Nightmares 
  • Insomnia 
  • Heightened startle response 
  • Emotional numbness 
  • Withdrawing from friends and family 
  • Struggling to perform daily tasks 
  • Additional mental health concerns, like anxiety or depression 

PTSD is often associated with the onset of additional conditions. Anxiety and depression often occur as a result of living with PTSD. It’s also common for substance use to become an issue as a means of seeking relief from PTSD symptoms.  

Treatment Options for PTSD 

How post-traumatic stress disorder impacts an individual is always unique. If you or a loved one are struggling with signs of PTSD, professional help can offer a path forward.  

PTSD treatment consists primarily of talk therapy. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been used to help clients integrate the trauma experience. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another approach that focuses on using eye movements to help the brain access and reprocess traumatic events.  

When PTSD occurs in conjunction with other conditions, additional talk therapy and medication might be recommended based on a client’s needs. Treatment helps a client reprocess the traumatic event. Over time, mental health and emotional health improve, and PTSD symptoms decrease.  

If a client struggles with co-occurring disorders, seeking professional help is imperative. A PTSD treatment program should offer support for all conditions a client has. It’s hard to heal from PTSD when untreated conditions like anxiety, depression, substance use, or self-harm aren’t treated simultaneously.  

Find PTSD Treatment with Promises Behavioral Health 

Sometimes post-traumatic stress disorder heals with time, but often, professional support is required to move forward. PTSD can impact your ability to hold a job and perform daily tasks. The condition can have a debilitating effect on mental and emotional health, relationships, and overall quality of life.  

If you or a loved one shows signs of PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event, don’t wait to ask for help. Promises Behavioral Health offers PTSD treatment programs that can help you begin healing. Contact Promises today at 844.875.5609 for more information on PTSD treatment.

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