PTSD Treatment Center
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Many people who suffer a traumatic event return to their normal selves given some time. For people who develop PTSD as a result, it isn’t that easy. The stress and anxiety don’t go away. In fact, they often worsen over time. This is why the need for effective women’s PTSD treatment programs is so paramount.
PTSD affects about 8 million people in the United States, and women are twice as likely as men to develop it after trauma. Contrary to what many people think, military combat veterans are not the largest group to suffer from PTSD – there are more cases of PTSD related to sexual trauma than war. Other traumatic events that may cause someone to develop PTSD are:
Terrorist incidents – shootings, bombings
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms can be serious enough and last long enough that they cause significant disruptions to daily life. The symptoms are broken down into three categories – reliving the trauma, avoidance and arousal symptoms.
If you have been a victim of a traumatic event, no matter how long ago, and you have any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor because you may be suffering from PTSD:
Arousal symptoms cause people with PTSD to feel like they are constantly on alert. You may always want to sit against the wall at restaurants, or always be conscious of the closet exit. You may startle very easily at sounds or movements. You may feel like you have to remain “on guard” or something bad will happen. Arousal symptoms often cause PTSD sufferers to experience frustration and irritation, and they can be prone to angry outbursts. Insomnia is also a result of being hypervigilant.
PTSD and Substance Abuse
Having PTSD increases your risk of having substance abuse issues, they often go hand-in-hand. It makes sense that if you are trying to avoid or numb your feelings, you would turn to drugs or alcohol. And many people do just that – up to 75 percent of people with PTSD also have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Women are more likely than men to drink or use drugs after experiencing trauma.
Treatment for PTSD
The good news is that PTSD is a treatable disorder, from which some people do recover completely. With New Creation’s Christian PTSD treatment program, even those who do not recover fully can live a normal life again. Most often, PTSD treatment consists of a combination of therapy and medication. If you have co-occurring diagnoses, like depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental illness, it is important that you find a therapist and psychiatrist who are able to treat the conditions together. This is especially true if you have a dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction because you will unlikely be able to stop drinking or using drugs until your PTSD is addressed, and your PTSD cannot be addressed until you are clean and sober.
If you think that you or your loved one may have PTSD, take heart, there is help out there for you. Many people have been where you are now, and with the right treatment, they are no longer victims, but survivors. You can be too. The first step on the road to recovery is asking for help.