PTSD is a serious condition that develops after experiencing a terrifying or dangerous event. The trauma doesn’t have to be directed at the person with PTSD. They may have simply witnessed it or heard that a close friend or relative was threatened; as long as the trauma involves physical harm or the potential for physical harm, such as death, serious injury, or sexual violence, a person may experience PTSD.
While the causes of PTSD is still unknown, experts believe that extreme stress during traumatic experiences affects the brain’s structure, which causes long-term changes in the brain’s response to stress and contributes to PTSD.
After a person is exposed to the traumatic event that caused PTSD, they may feel stressed or frightened, even when they’re not in danger. They might experience:
People with PTSD often have other psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Call RobinsPsych for a consultation if you have symptoms that last a month or affect your ability to function in everyday life.
While PTSD is treated with medications and psychotherapy, the medical experts of RobinsPsych specialize in a variety of psychotherapies, which can be scheduled one-on-one or in group therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps many patients with PTSD, while exposure therapy gradually exposes patients to the trauma until they can control their fear. RobinsPsych also teaches methods such as mindfulness meditation to relieve anxiety and stress.
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