The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 12 million adults in the United States experience PTSD symptoms yearly, and many are not war veterans. Mental health specialists John Redmond, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC, and Chelsey Dixon, LCSW, at WellMind Behavioral Health & Wellness in Cordova, Tennessee, have significant experience diagnosing and treating PTSD. If you’ve experienced or witnessed trauma and can’t stop thinking about it, even years later, you may need help to overcome PTSD. Call the office today to schedule a visit or request an appointment online.
First recognized as a mental health condition in 1980 and applied to Vietnam Veterans, PTSD has become a commonly diagnosed disorder that can develop in anyone who’s experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. For instance, children who witness an adult caregiver’s or sibling’s physical abuse may develop PTSD.
Common triggers for PTSD include:
Anyone can develop PTSD, but individuals assigned female at birth are twice as likely to develop it than people assigned male at birth.
PTSD symptoms may include:
PTSD symptoms can vary and may become more intense over time, eventually leading to depression, phobias, social isolation, or suicidal ideation. Fortunately, PTSD responds well to comprehensive treatment strategies designed to identify the issue, address your feelings about the trauma, and counter its effects by establishing positive thought patterns or behaviors.
At WellMind Behavioral Health & Wellness, treatment for PTSD starts with an initial intake session that includes a review of your current symptoms. Your provider may also ask questions about your existing social relationships, family responsibilities, or how your symptoms interfere with future goals. Based on evaluation results, your therapist designs a treatment strategy that typically includes individual psychotherapy, group therapy, or family therapy.
Some patients may also benefit from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, colloquially known as EMDR therapy. This cutting-edge treatment allows your provider to guide you through memories of a traumatic event in distinct ways. Combined with your therapist’s instructions and specific eye movements, EMDR therapy will enable you to reprocess what you remember from the event and aid in “repairing” the mental injury from that memory. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can recover from psychological trauma, similarly to how the body recovers from physical trauma.
Anti-anxiety medication or oral antidepressants can relieve stress-induced anxiety or depression that interferes with your work, home, or social life. Ketamine infusion therapy is often successful in managing PTSD, especially for adults not responding to other medications.
You can overcome PTSD. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or requesting an evaluation online.