Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that people sometimes develop in response to a traumatic event. The disorder often causes symptoms such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks.
Unfortunately, some people who live with PTSD think that they can never recover from their symptoms because they cannot erase the trauma. Evolve Healthcare wants any such person to know that there is hope. Mental health care providers can help you reduce symptoms of PTSD or even make a full recovery.
Approximately 7.7 million adults in the United States live with PTSD. Though children can develop PTSD as well, the statistics on this disorder in children are difficult to come by.
While people often associate PTSD with combat veterans, they are not the only people who can develop the disorder. Anyone who experiences trauma is at risk for PTSD. The key risk factor is experiencing a triggering event, but not everyone with trauma will develop PTSD.
People with any of the following risk factors may be at an increased risk of developing PTSD:
Having healthy coping mechanisms and a strong support system can lessen the chance of developing PTSD.
An initial triggering event is one of the distinguishing factors in diagnosing PTSD. While the violence that combat veterans see is one type of trauma that can trigger PTSD, it is not the only one. Other possible triggers include:
In many cases, people develop PTSD when they are the victims or first-hand witnesses to these events. However, people may also develop PTSD after a close loved one goes through this type of trauma. For example, a parent may develop PTSD after their child is in a car accident.
Mental health care providers recognize four distinct types of PTSD symptoms:
Patients living with PTSD can have one of these types of symptoms or many. Some triggers are more likely to cause specific types of symptoms. For example, combat veterans may be more likely to be easily startled.
Sometimes, people live with PTSD and no other coexisting conditions. However, research shows that the vast majority of people with PTSD live with other mental health disorders as well. Most commonly, people with PTSD also live with:
The frequent occurrence of coexisting disorders highlights the need for people with PTSD to get high-quality, comprehensive mental health care.
Although the underlying trauma and resulting symptoms of PTSD can be severe, there is hope. Mental Health care for PTSD can be effective in reducing symptoms and improving mood. There are several types of treatment options available for people with PTSD.
Some treatments may work well for some people and not as well for others. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced team of mental health care providers who give you all the options. It may take some trial and error. The course of illness is also different for every patient with PTSD. However, getting treatment is one of the most important steps in lessening the severity and length of PTSD.
People with PTSD can often benefit from taking prescription medications such as:
Psychologists and licensed therapists can help people with PTSD find healthy ways to process the trauma they experienced. These professionals can use several types of counseling to help patients, including:
If you believe you may have PTSD, contact Evolve Healthcare Services for help.
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