Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event after either experiencing or witnessing it.
It is not uncommon to experience difficulty adjusting or coping after a traumatic event. Most people find that after some time and with proper self-care, their symptoms get better.
If symptoms get worse, last for months or years, and interfere with daily functioning, you may have PTSD and should seek medical help as soon as you can.
Symptoms of PTSD can generally be grouped into four types; intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.
You should see a doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they become increasingly disruptive and severe, or you have thoughts of harming yourself or others.
Treatments typically include therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), stress inoculation training (STI), and/or medications.
Our compassionate and dedicated professionals at Simply Psychiatry will be with you every step of the way throughout your personalized treatment plan.
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