PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a mental health condition that people develop as the result of experiencing traumatic situations. Those living with this mental health issue experience debilitating symptoms as the result of experienced trauma that can interfere with daily life. Fortunately, people who are diagnosed with PTSD can find assistance through psychiatric treatments and therapies. A PTSD treatment plan can assist individuals in gaining coping mechanisms that assist with managing symptoms of this condition.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that’s developed after a person experiences a traumatic event or series of events. Since trauma can look differently for different people, the symptoms of this condition may differ from person to person. Some symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • social isolation and avoidance behaviors
  • mood swings, aggressive outbursts, and irritability
  • unmanageable, unwanted thoughts
  • suicidal thoughts or actions
  • apathy and disinterest in previously enjoyed activities
  • self-destructive patterns of behavior
  • feelings of hopelessness, shame, and guilt
  • extreme anxiety and feelings of doom
  • flashbacks of traumatic events and nightmares

What is Trauma?

To understand PTSD, one must understand the trauma that led to its development. There are many instances of trauma that can lead to the development of PTSD, and these experiences can vary from person to person. Some examples of trauma that can lead to a PTSD diagnosis include:

  • surviving a natural disaster
  • witnessing or being the victim of a violent crime
  • being the victim of childhood, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • childhood neglect
  • being diagnosed with or surviving a severe illness or injury
  • surviving a vehicular accident
  • losing a loved one or several loved ones suddenly
  • being the victim of harassment
  • and more

Traumatic events that relate to the development of PTSD can be either recurring or singular. Trauma that results in PTSD can also be either a finite experience or something that was longer lasting (for example, an injury or childhood abuse). Regardless of the type or length of trauma, those who develop PTSD live with ongoing, negative symptoms of trauma that can debilitate one’s lifestyle. So, getting professional help is necessary for these individuals to not only maintain healthy relationships with others but be able to live out normal lives in which they can successfully work and tend to personal responsibilities.

Outpatient PTSD Treatment Plan

If you think that you or a loved one is living with PTSD, it can be very challenging. Dealing with symptoms of trauma on a daily basis and having to relive a nightmare over and over again is something that can negatively impact a person’s life. However, a PTSD treatment plan can successfully help people living with PTSD. This way, they can learn to manage symptoms of this disorder. And, take back their lives from the grips of PTSD.

Both psychiatric medications and psychotherapy are successful tools in helping people manage symptoms of PTSD. Together, these treatments work to provide individuals with the tools to manage symptoms and manage healthy relationships in order to obtain lives of mental wellbeing. Yellowbrick offers psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for people living with PTSD. Additionally, we offer diagnostic services to help people determine whether or not they’re living with this condition.

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