Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder affecting those who have experienced extreme trauma. While most Americans report having had traumatic events take place in their life, not everyone will develop PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD include difficulty sleeping, erratic emotions, mood swings, detachment, and flashbacks.
In social conversations, PTSD is often connected to those who have served in the military. While this is one possible source of trauma, it is important not to stigmatize or generalize either those in the military or those who have PTSD as there are a wide variety of causes and reactions to traumatic events. Outside of war, people experience traumatic events in situations like car accidents, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and armed robbery. Studies have shown that women are twice as likely as men to develop the symptoms PTSD after traumatic experiences.
How treatment can help PTSD
Every person’s treatment plan will differ, based on their comfort levels, experience and needs in healing. For many, talk therapy is a useful piece of their PTSD treatment and is often how treatment begins after a traumatic event. It’s a difficult problem to recognize when you’re in the middle of it, and our specialists recognize the immense strength it takes to start this journey towards recovery.
Working with a therapist to discuss and analyze these events should begin to help patients come to terms with and grow beyond the events. Unsurprisingly, the body and mind react strongly to this kind of trauma because they are evolved to protect you from repeating dangerous situations in the future. It can also be a matter of not having the proper frame of reference to place the event.
Once a relationship is established, a therapist may suggest alternative methods of treatment–be its specific kind of therapy methodology or work with a psychiatrist to help lessen symptoms that are especially pervasive.
Psychologists and psychiatrists: your team for treating PTSD
While talk therapy is a natural first step in the treatment of PTSD, a psychiatrist may be able to complement the psychological progress being made. With medical training, a psychiatrist can work with psychologists to understand your specific scenario, the in-depth health conditions you’re experiencing and potential medical solutions to symptoms that are encroaching on living a healthy life.
Psychologists and psychiatrists are both doctors, though psychiatrists are the only ones of the two who can prescribe medicinal solutions. Often, when working through a pervasive and challenging issue such as PTSD a team of both a psychologist and psychiatrist are used to help each patient process, accept, and begin to recover. Psychologists differ in that while they can administer psychological health treatments in therapy, they cannot give pharmaceutical interventions.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD and are looking for a resource to start your journey to recovery, first let us say, we recognize the hard work you are doing and appreciate your strength in seeking health.
Fayetteville Psychology in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina, and Fayetteville employs a full staff of BOTH psychiatrists and psychologists in our office to ensure every patient, new and existing, have the resources available to them for continued growth and improving health. Call 910-323-1543 to set up an appointment with one of Fayetteville Psychiatric Partners’ board-certified specialists.