If you have ever been in a relationship with someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you will know how difficult and draining it can be to manage. Even if you don’t know the person suffering from PTSD, it is likely that you will at some point in your lifetime encounter PTSD.
It can be difficult to know how to help someone with PTSD, especially if they aren’t willing to discuss it. With a little education and understanding you can give your loved one the support and love they need without making it difficult for them to feel guilty about being upset or stressed. Contact the PTSD Treatment experts at Keys to Tranquility to learn more about our treatment options.
PTSD can be a mental illness that develops after someone experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event such as sexual assault or military combat. It is also known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbness, or avoiding people or places that remind you of the traumatic event.
You might have seen the term PTSD in movies or on TV to describe trauma victims. It’s important that you know that PTSD does not only affect veterans. It can also happen to anyone who has suffered trauma. There are many ways to cope with PTSD. You can seek treatment from a counselor or licensed therapist who is trained in trauma and PTSD. People with PTSD may also consider telehealth therapy through a well-respected mental health recovery provider such as Keys To Tranquility. Telehealth therapy is a way for therapists to offer treatment online using audio and video technology. It makes it feel as though you are in the same room.
Let’s now look at five of the best treatment options for PTSD. These are:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the best treatments for PTSD. This therapy can be used by individuals to reduce symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, and anxiety. This therapy can also help people to learn healthy ways to deal with their memories.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based upon the belief that thoughts and emotions can influence behavior and vice versa. These interconnected aspects are necessary for treating PTSD. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people to understand their thoughts and feelings about trauma. They learn skills that can reduce stress and improve their quality of life.
Eye movement desensitization reprocessing is a therapy that uses eye movements and sounds to help you deal with the past. This therapy can be helpful for PTSD as it allows you to process trauma in a new way so it doesn’t affect your day-to-day life.
Francine Shapiro developed this treatment. She discovered that certain types of eye movements helped her cope with her own trauma memories. Then she studied other people with similar experiences, and found that these eye movements were also beneficial to them. Your therapist will help you to use various sensory cues and eye movements while discussing your trauma experience. This is to help you “reprocess” your trauma and move on with your life.
Prolonged exposure therapy, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, can help you overcome your PTSD symptoms. It involves exposing you in a safe setting to the emotions. This therapy teaches you how to manage your emotions and feelings so that they don’t control or influence you. Long-term exposure therapy is based on the idea that the more you think about what happened and the more you interact with others who have, the less likely it is for those thoughts or emotions to control your life.
The treatment involves going through your trauma again and again until you no longer feel it. You might feel scared or uncomfortable during this process. You don’t have to go through prolonged exposure therapy to feel comfortable. It’s meant to help you face and deal with those frightening thoughts and feelings and make your life easier.
Stress Inoculation Training (SIT), a popular treatment for PTSD, has been proven to be effective in randomized controlled studies. SIT teaches patients how to identify and manage anxiety and stress symptoms, instead of letting them take control. Patients learn how to recognize and manage their symptoms. It is the goal to help them regain control over their bodies and minds so they can live a happy life. SIT isn’t a treatment for PTSD. It is more of an ongoing maintenance or preventative care. However, studies have shown that SIT can help victims of trauma regain control over their bodies and minds.
Medications are a popular way to treat PTSD. These medications can be used alone or in combination with other therapies. Medications for PTSD are usually prescribed for those with moderate to severe symptoms. However, you might want to talk to your doctor about whether or not they are appropriate for you.
People with PTSD can take antidepressants or antipsychotics to help them. Antidepressants are able to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. This can help people feel less overwhelmed. Antipsychotics can also lower anxiety and improve sleep quality. They may also be able to relieve flashbacks and nightmares that are associated with PTSD.
These medications may not be right for you. There is no one-size fits all approach to PTSD. It is important to consult your doctor before you consider taking medication to treat your symptoms.
The bottom line is that there are lots of different ways to cope with PTSD, and it’s important that patients find the one that works best for them. If you’re struggling with symptoms of PTSD and haven’t found relief from over the counter or prescription medications, talk to your doctor about alternative treatments such as therapy, meditation or yoga.
Our treatment programs are designed to help you break the cycle of mental health issues and provide you with a sustainable form of recovery