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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

11/13/2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, whether it be experienced by the individual or witnessed. Symptoms may include nightmares, flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Effective treatment is critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PTSD may start within one month of the traumatic event, but sometimes may not occur until years after. The symptoms are grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.

Intrusive Memories

  • Nightmares or upsetting dreams about the event
  • Recurrent, unwanted memories of the eventĀ 
  • Flashbacks; reliving the event
  • Physical reactions or severe emotional distress when reminded of the event

Avoidance

  • Avoiding people, places, or activities that remind you of the event
  • Attempting to avoid thinking or talking about the event

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood

  • Lack of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling detached from others
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Memory problems; not remembering important aspects of the event
  • Negative thoughts of yourself, other people, or the world

Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions

  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Easily startled or frightened
  • Irritability or aggressive behavior
  • Constantly on guard for danger

Greenville Psychiatric Associates, PA

Greenville Psychiatric Associates is a locally owned and operated private practice that offers a wide range of outpatient treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Established in the early 1970s, we have had the privilege of assisting numerous individuals to live a healthier and more fulfilled life. Our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and licensed therapists offer well-rounded, evidence-based treatment approaches to target most mental health and substance use disorders. Our goal is for you to feel better about yourself and your life.