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What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. This might include veterans, childhood abuse survivors, and other people who have endured a shocking or dangerous experience. It is often overlooked or minimized, with people being told to "get over it" or "move on". However, PTSD is a serious matter that deserves attention and care. While PTSD can be debilitating when dealt with alone, treatment is available to help people manage their symptoms and live a fulfilling life.

 

Common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks to the event(s), nightmares, intrusive thoughts, feelings of guilt related to the event(s), and/or avoidance of anything that may remind the person of the trauma. For example, if someone was in a severe car accident that led to a diagnosis of PTSD, they may hesitate to drive on their own and may have recurring, relentless memories of the traumatic accident.

PTSD can feel immersive and overwhelming to the person experiencing it. 

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iTrust Wellness Group is here to help with these symptoms and can offer both insight into the diagnosis as well as promising treatments for dealing with symptoms. Some common treatments for PTSD include the use of medication and psychotherapy, including specific types of therapy such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Medications can include SSRIs (like Zoloft, Prozac, or Lexapro) to mitigate anxious or depressive thoughts as well as various as-needed medications like Prazosin or Clonidine to help with symptoms such as nightmares, heightened anxiety, and/or sleep disturbances.

 

If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. iTrust Wellness Group is here to offer support through medication management and a focus on your overall wellness, taking a comprehensive approach to make sure that you are taken care of as the individual you are. Your or a loved one's experience with PTSD and your symptoms matters to us, and with the right treatment plan and support system, it is possible to manage your symptoms and lead a happy life.

 

All in all, if you are struggling with PTSD, don't hesitate to reach out for help. There is support available for you, and you deserve to live a fulfilling life free from the effects of trauma.

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