If you’re experiencing long-term effects after a devastating event, you’re not alone. Around 8 million adults in the United States have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during any given year. PTSD can have a debilitating effect on your ability to function in daily life and maintain healthy relationships. The good news is that, with treatment, you can regain control over your PTSD symptoms and enjoy a full, robust life. Ankit Parmar, MD, and the team at Axial Psychiatric Services in Rockwall, Texas, have the training and expertise to help you recover from PTSD. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Anyone who undergoes trauma may have difficulty coping and feel nervous, fearful, or depressed following the event. Still, over time, most people integrate the experience and readjust to normal functioning.
When you have PTSD, the negative emotions associated with your trauma continue for months or years, and they cause a range of debilitating symptoms.
PTSD arises after a traumatic experience, such as:
Any extreme or life-threatening event can cause PTSD. It can occur in children, teens, adults, or seniors.
PTSD symptoms are grouped into four different categories: intrusive thoughts and feelings, avoidance, mood changes, and physical and emotional reactions.
Examples of intrusive thoughts and feelings include:
Examples of avoidance include:
Mood changes include:
Physical and emotional reactions include:
PTSD can also cause physical systems, such as a weakened immune system, headaches, sweating, and digestive disorders. Symptoms can interfere with your work, create conflict with friends or family members, and may contribute to anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, and substance abuse.
The experienced team at Axial Psychiatric Services has extensive training in trauma recovery. They can help you establish a feeling of safety while you work through the traumatic experience together.
Your caring provider offers personalized care designed to give you support, compassion, and the coping skills you need to process your trauma and regain control over your emotions and behavior.
Some of the techniques your therapist may recommend include:
Talking about your traumatic experience may seem unsettling, but remaining isolated and attempting to cope on your own can worsen your symptoms. To schedule an evaluation with a skilled and compassionate team, call Axial Psychiatric Services or book one online today.