PTSD Treatment Center
Breaking bonds of the past
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. An anxiety disorder, PTSD affects the body’s fight-or-flight response, normally triggered when a person is in a fear-inducing or stress-inducing situation. PTSD disrupts this natural process.
This disorder is essentially characterized by feelings of fear, anxiety and stress, despite not being in danger anymore and reliving the traumatic experience over and over again. Around 7.7 million adults are victims to such fear in the United States, as one in 30 people fall prey to PTSD in a given year.
Though this disorder is normally associated with war veterans, PTSD can affect anyone who has had a traumatic experience. Some people may even experience PTSD when a loved one has gone through a traumatic experience or dies suddenly.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
The symptoms of PTSD can be broken down into three categories:
- Reliving or re-experiencing the traumatic incident through flashbacks, bad dreams and physical response to associated triggers
- Avoiding anything that may remind someone of the tragic event characterized by emotional numbness, depression and loss of interest in hobbies or daily activities
- Hyperarousal symptoms that may lead to easily startled reactions, edginess and difficulty sleeping
Many symptoms of PTSD are normal for a person who has gone through a traumatic event. For most individuals they will go away after a few weeks and fall into the category of acute stress disorders (ASD). When the symptoms persist for a longer time, it is typically classified as PTSD.
Acute PTSD lasts for less than three months, chronic PTSD lasts longer than three months and delayed onset PTSD may begin weeks, months or years after the traumatic event.
PTSD and the brain
Researchers have lately been focusing on the genetic makeup of patients to understand the causes of PTSD. Studies of the brain have also proven to be particularly helpful in this case. The amygdala, known for its role in emotion, learning and memory, and the prefrontal cortex, involved in decision-making, problem-solving and judgment have been noted to be key players in the development of PTSD. Individual variations in genes and brain areas could prove to be underlying factors for PTSD, yet the environment and life events play a larger role in its actual development. Head injury or severe trauma affects the brain in a way that leads to a disrupted trauma response and causes people to relive the event even when they are safe.
- Experiencing a traumatic event
- A history of mental illness
- Getting injured or witnessing someone else get injured or killed
- Feelings of extreme helplessness or fear
- A vulnerable or pessimistic personality
- Having no support after a traumatic event
- Having added stress after a traumatic experience such as the loss of one’s home, job, or loved one or experiencing additional pain/injury
- Experiencing trauma early in life
Common events that trigger an episode of PTSD include:
- Exposure to a combat or war zone
- Rape or sexual molestation
- Childhood abuse or neglect
- Physical attack, being threatened with a weapon
Treatment with Sovereign
The right support system can make all the difference for someone experiencing PTSD. This involves various emotional, psychological and social elements. At Sovereign, we make sure to integrate all these elements into a cohesive and effective treatment plan for our patients that not only targets PTSD, but identifies and treats any other coexisting conditions as well.
Sovereign’s PTSD treatment program includes experiential and expressive treatments, their degrees of involvement varying in accordance to the patients’ individualized requirements.
Psychotherapy can be extremely helpful, in particular cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure therapy, which re-exposes the person to a traumatic experience in a controlled environment. Furthermore, cognitive restructuring helps the person to make sense of different memories and stress inoculation training, and teaches how to reduce anxiety and symptoms.
Medication can also help people deal with their PTSD, such as antidepressants that help control sadness and anger while benzodiazepines can help patients relax and sleep. Antipsychotics may be prescribed in extreme cases, especially for those with mental disorders.
In addition to psychotherapy, alternative forms of therapy have proven to be helpful as well. This can include therapies in art and yoga. Many suffering from PTSD have also found service animals or even acupuncture to be helpful. Group therapy can also provide a place for support and a platform to share similar experiences with other people. A good PTSD treatment program should include many of these treatment options. It is also important that they are treated for any coexisting conditions.
Sovereign Health offers top-of-the-line PTSD treatment programs for those in need and also treats any coexisting conditions. Each patient is treated comprehensively in order to help him or her fully recover and prevent possible relapse. It’s time to move ahead with eyes set on a bright future.