Online PTSD Treatment
You feel always on edge. Someone drops a book and you jump. Maybe it was one awful event or maybe it was a series of traumatic things that happened. You feel as if your nerve endings are fried. Things that don’t bother your friends bother you. You hear sounds or smell things in your environment and are right back there to what happened. You remember it, it keeps entering your head. Your dreams are plagued by nightmares, you wake sweating, shaking, with your heart racing. Now you avoid anything that can remind you of it, because it’ll bring you right back to all these feelings.
What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that is often seen in individuals who have been through a serious event such as a natural disaster, automobile accident, or war. This disorder typically causes vivid flashbacks or nightmares to the time and place where the person’s trauma occurred, which can make daily tasks or activities difficult if their PTSD remains unchecked and untreated.
Some Signs of PTSD May Include:
- Inability to remember parts of the traumatic events
- Persistent negative thoughts about yourself
- Blaming yourself
- Persistent feelings of fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
- Don’t want to participate in things in your life
- Feeling detached or estranged
- Unable to feel happiness, satisfaction or loving feelings
Feeling Reactive Because of the Traumatic Events May Lead To:
- Irritable or angry outbursts
- Reckless or self-destructive behavior
- High alert feeling
- Easily startled
- Can’t concentrate
- Trouble sleeping
How is PTSD Treated?
Therapy is the most important part of healing from trauma. Working with a trauma-informed therapist is the first step. While going through therapy, people may choose to take medications to help the healing.
Types of Psychotherapy Used for PTSD
Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy can be very beneficial in treating a wide range of mental illnesses. This therapeutic technique includes many subcategorizations that are each designed to address a patient’s needs in different ways. For those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring are typically regarded as the most effective methods used by mental health professionals.
As its name would suggest, this form of psychotherapy is based on exposing the individual to their fears in order to relive the event in a safe environment that will not cause them any kind of harm. After experiencing the event in a safe and controlled space, many patients are able to realize that their avoided situations are not likely to cause a dangerous outcome, which can allow them to begin immersing themselves in previously enjoyed activities once again.
It is common for individuals with PTSD to remember the event in a more serious and dramatic way than how it actually occurred. This can lead to feelings of shame or guilt that the trauma was the person’s own fault, even though this is often untrue. Cognitive restructuring focuses on reliving the event in a more realistic way that strips away the intense emotions around the trauma and leaves the patient feeling much more relaxed with their memories.
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With At Your Service Psychiatry, Allison Sikorsky works as part of your team caring for you as you heal from traumatic events. To schedule an online appointment with Allison, use our contact form by clicking here!