PTSD Treatment in Atlanta, GA
More often than not, people associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with soldiers experiencing flashbacks after returning from war or the difficulty police officers have with coping with terrifying events that happen in the line of duty.
Unfortunately, PTSD and its challenges aren’t limited to those who encounter trauma in their line of work. The fact is that anyone can experience trauma, and for some, treatment is the only way to work through their traumatic experiences.
PTSD can affect anyone at any age who happens to be an unfortunate witness or victim of trauma. If you or someone you love experienced a traumatic event and struggle with symptoms of PTSD, treatment is available at Valor Behavioral Health.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental illness that can result from witnessing or experiencing one or more traumatic events. Traumatic events come in many forms, and how people cope with these experiences can affect their ability to manage their day-to-day lives.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD affects roughly 12 million people in the United States in any given year. Women are twice as likely as men to meet the PTSD diagnostic criteria.
If you struggle with coping with past traumatic events or appear to get triggered easily for no reason, you’re not alone. It’s important to know the signs of PTSD so you can get the help you need.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD is not entirely a psychological problem. It’s worth stating that its symptoms can take several months or possibly years to manifest following a traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD can vary from one person to the next, as well as the severity of each symptom. Individuals with PTSD may experience one or many of the following symptoms:
- Persistent anxiety or panic attacks
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Avoiding triggering people, places, or things
- Increased alertness and hypervigilance
- Social anxiety
- Fits of rage
- Irritability and anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleeping problems or insomnia
- Intrusive negative thoughts and feelings
- Delay in cognitive and emotional development in children and adolescents
Suicidal thoughts or impulses to self-harm are symptoms of severe PTSD. If you or someone you love is experiencing these, or other harmful symptoms, contact a first responder, medical professional, or law enforcement officer immediately.
Causes of PTSD
While the exact causes of PTSD are still unknown, some of the causes may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Traumatic events
- Severe medical conditions
- Family history of anxiety and depression
- Diagnosis of anxiety and depression
- Chronic or long-term abuse
- Substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD)
- Other compulsive disorders
PTSD Treatment in Atlanta at Valor Behavioral Health
Traumatic events can happen to anyone at any time without warning, and when they happen to you, they can feel devastating and debilitating.
But the good news is you don’t have to feel stuck or alone if you have PTSD. If you have experienced a traumatic event in the past and are having flashbacks, nightmares, or any of the abovementioned symptoms of PTSD, treatment can help you overcome the symptoms so you can live life to the fullest.
At Valor Behavioral Health, we are committed to working with you in crafting a holistic treatment program that can help you work through your PTSD. At Valor, you’re never alone.