- Flashbacks or reliving the event'
- Avoidance - avoiding situations or places that may trigger memories of the event
- Negativity- depression frequently presents with PTSD but not always. Often times someone with PTSD may just feel sad or numb or loose interest in things that previously brought joy.
- Hyperarousal or inability to easily relax. This can frequently cause difficulty sleeping and/or concentrating
In order to diagnose PTSD a physician may complete the following:
- Physical exam
- Psychological evaluation
- Historical work up
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after witnessing or experiencing a stressful event. Such events can range from:
- Sexual assault (child or adult)
- Car accidents (firsthand or secondary trauma)
- Combat or other military experience
- Natural disasters
- Other various life threatening events.
PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
How can NCC help?
Neuro Community Care supports individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries as well as other neurological impairments. Often times a diagnosis of PTSD accompanies these traumas and NCC provides unlimited support to these individuals in an effort to enhance their independence. Our case managers and case coordinators are well versed in PTSD and are very knowledgeable about resources that are available. Whether an individual needs inpatient PTSD treatment, trauma recovery, womens'-centered PTSD treatment or other specific PTSD treatment, the staff at NCC is eager to assist. Reach out to Neuro Community Care to see what PTSD resources are available.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can leave individuals feeling anxious and alone but know that there are treatment options.
- Treatment centers can offer both inpatient and outpatient options. Residential treatment centers provide full day support programs to assist in abating PTSD symptoms as well as teach coping skills.
- Psychotherapy also known as talk talk therapy can be an extremely useful tool. There are multiple types: Cognitive Therapy, Exposure Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and reprocessing).
- Medication can supplement talk therapy and often improve symptoms. Medications often prescribed are: anti-anxiety medications, Prazocin, etc...