Symptoms for P.T.S.D. include re-experiencing the original trauma through horrible dreams, bad memories, avoidance of situations closely associated with the trauma, difficulty falling asleep, anger, and hyper vigilance- which can include racing heart, paranoia, fear, anxiety, and visual and/or auditory hallucinations. Clearly all of these are strong triggers for substance abuse; people with P.T.S.D. often seek to self-medicate, and, more often than not, addiction becomes yet another problem for the P.T.S.D. sufferer to cope with.
Life Springs offers a comprehensive array of services to support our clients with P.T.S.D. (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Our services (contracted or otherwise) include:
Our services (contracted or otherwise) include:
- E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is one of the most effective and rapid methods for healing P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
- Providing resources to help individuals suffering from P.T.S.D. to stop using drugs or alcohol.
- Educating our clients and their loved ones on the signs and symptoms of P.T.S.D.
- Helping our clients create a healthy lifestyle with nutrition, exercise and a proper amount of sleep.
- Assisting our clients with medication management and encouraging medication compliance.
- Guiding our clients to the best treatment providers for P.T.S.D.
For further information on the causes, symptoms, and medications, please continue reading.
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment often includes both medication and psychotherapy. Combining these treatments can help improve your symptoms and teach you skills to cope better with the traumatic event — and life beyond it.
Several types of medications can help symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder improve.
In some cases, clients may be prescribed a short course of anti-psychotics to relieve severe anxiety and related problems, such as difficulty sleeping or emotional outbursts.
Some clients find antidepressant medications can help with the symptoms of P.T.S.D. Antidepressants may help improve sleep problems and improve your concentration. The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (S.S.R.I.) medications sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are FDA-approved for the treatment of P.T.S.D.
If your symptoms include insomnia or recurrent nightmares, some physicians may prescribe a drug called prazosin (Minipress), which blocks the brain’s response to an adrenaline-like brain chemical called nor-epinephrine. Although this drug is not specifically approved for the treatment of P.T.S.D, prazosin may reduce or suppress nightmares in many people with P.T.S.D.
Several types of therapy may be used to treat both children and adults with post-traumatic stress disorder. You may try more than one, or combine types, before finding the right fit for you. You may also try individual therapy, group therapy or both. Group therapy can offer a way to connect to others going through similar experiences.
Some types of therapy used in P.T.S.D. treatment include:
Cognitive Therapy: This type of talk therapy helps you recognize the ways of thinking (cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck — for example, negative or inaccurate ways of perceiving normal situations.
In PTSD treatment, cognitive therapy often is used along with a behavioral therapy called exposure therapy.
Exposure Therapy: This behavioral therapy technique helps you safely face the very thing that you find frightening, so that you can learn to cope with it effectively. A new approach to exposure therapy uses “virtual reality” programs that allow you to re-enter the setting in which you experienced trauma — for example, a “Virtual Iraq” program.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to help the brain improve where other forms of therapy are not enough.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture may be helpful in improving the symptoms of P.T.S.D. More research is being conducted to fully understand the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for P.T.S.D.
Information for Veterans:
The number of veterans dealing with P.T.S.D. is staggering. A 2008 study found that one in five vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience symptoms of P.T.S.D. or major depression. Sadly the study also found that many of these service members do not seek treatment for psychological illnesses because they fear it will harm their careers. Untreated, P.T.S.D. and depression can lead to cascading problems, such as drug use, marital problems, unemployment and even suicide.
Veterans may wish to call the veterans hot-line for help with P.T.S.D. at 1-888-593-2301 (Spanish: 1-888-593-2301).