Post-traumatic stress disorder/PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by incredibly stressful, distressing, or frightening events. The person you love may seem like a different person than you knew before the trauma — angry and irritable, and depressed. As PTSD can significantly strain the emotional and mental health of loved ones and friends, it is best to find a proper PTSD treatment.
Symptoms and Causes of PTSD
If you have PTSD, you may often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. PTSD may cause you to experience often feelings of isolation, irritability, and guilt. You may also have insomnia and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.
Any situations that you can find traumatic can cause PTSD. PTSD can develop immediately after someone experience a disturbing event, or it can occur weeks, months, or even years later. It will never be too late to seek out help. In fact, PTSD treatment can be successful years after the trauma.
Some of the traumatic events can include:
- Serious road accidents
- Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
- Serious health problems
Traumatic events can be difficult to come to terms with. However, confronting your feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way to have an effective PTSD treatment.
Assessment for PTSD Treatment
Assessments apply if you have had symptoms for more than 4 weeks and if the symptoms are severe. You may see several mental health specialists for your PTSD. Such as a psychological therapist, psychologist, community psychiatric nurse, or psychiatrist.
An approach called active monitoring may be recommended if you have mild symptoms of PTSD. Likewise, if you have had symptoms for less than 4 weeks. Active monitoring involves monitoring your symptoms to see whether they improve or get worse.
PTSD Treatment Options
The main PTSD treatments are psychological therapies and medication.
Firstly, if you have PTSD that requires treatment, psychological therapies are usually recommended.
Secondly, if you have severe or persistent PTSD, a combination of psychological therapy and medicine may be recommended. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is one of the most effective mental illness therapies as well. Trauma-focused CBT uses a range of psychological techniques to help you come to terms with a traumatic event. Your therapist may ask you to face your traumatic memories and help you gain control of your fear and distress.
In addition, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing/EMDR have been found to reduce the symptoms of PTSD as well. It’s not clear how EMDR works, but it may help you change the way you think about a traumatic event.
Types of antidepressants medication for PTSD:
- SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors)
PTSD Treatment and Dual Diagnosis
Substance abuse or addiction is commonly connected to co-occurring disorders like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. According to the National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans looking for treatment, in the range of 60 and 80 percent additionally require addiction treatment.
According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, people seeking treatment for PTSD are 14 times more likely to also be diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.  Attempting to self-medicate can be a cause to why many people with PTSD also develop an addiction. The thought is that by abusing substances, a person with PTSD can null or avoid PTSD symptoms.
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 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3811127/ – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health