Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that develops in people who have gone through a traumatic event.
Individuals with PTSD may feel afraid and may experience sensations like flashbacks, especially if they encounter fear triggers. These fear-triggers are the mind’s way of protecting a person from further harm. Almost everyone will experience various reactions post-trauma. Some may need professional psychiatric treatment in Fort Washington, Maryland, but most people are able to recover from the initial symptoms naturally.
To be diagnosed with PTSD, an individual must have all of the following symptoms:
- At least one re-experiencing symptom (flashbacks, bad dreams, frightening thoughts)
- At least one avoidance symptom (staying away from places, events, or objects that reminds you of the traumatic experience/ avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event)
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms (being easily startled, feeling on edge, having sleeping difficulty, having angry outbursts)
- At least two cognition and mood symptoms (negative thoughts about oneself, distorted feelings of guilt or blame, trouble remember key things about the traumatic event, loss of interest in activities)
PTSD can be treated by ways of medication and seeking professional mental health service in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Different people experience different symptoms and may require personalized mental health services to cope with their conditions properly.
Covenant Psychiatric & Mental Health Services provides behavioral health service in Maryland, including treatments for PTSD. Reach out to us by sending a message through our website or calling us at 301-363-0707.