Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afflicts millions of Americans and can lead to other disorders like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. At Alpine Psychiatry in King of Prussia (KOP), Pennsylvania, Nina Patel, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, Vince Di Antonio, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, and the group of licensed practitioners provide individualized care for PTSD. They have practitioners certified in prolonged exposure therapy and have successfully treated clients of all ages. Contact the office by phone, text, or online to schedule your in-person or telemedicine appointment today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious, often debilitating mental health disorder that develops following a traumatic event.
When you experience trauma, your body undergoes physiological changes to protect you. This is why you may feel anxious, guilty, or on edge following any type of trauma.
But with coping skills, you can recover from trauma. However, if you continue to have upsetting thoughts about your experience that are worsening and affecting your life, then you may have PTSD.
Though most people develop PTSD after going through a life-threatening event (natural disaster, assault, combat), some people have PTSD after hearing or seeing tragic events.
PTSD affects your behavior and how you think about yourself and the world around you. For a diagnosis, you must experience the core symptoms of PTSD for four or more weeks.
Core PTSD symptoms include:
Intrusion refers to unwanted thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares that are so intense and feel so real that it triggers all the emotions associated with the trauma.
Avoidance is a behavioral change that occurs in people with PTSD. They avoid any person, play, or activity that reminds them of the traumatic event.
PTSD affects how you think and feel. You may have a hard time remembering details of your trauma and have distorted thoughts about yourself because of the trauma. You may also feel like the whole world is against you.
People with PTSD may feel anxious and jumpy and startle easily. They may also have a hard time sleeping.
Though PTSD symptoms usually appear soon after the trauma, in some people, symptoms may not occur until years later.
Alpine Psychiatry takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to PTSD treatment. They know that no single medication or therapy works for all. After completing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, your practitioner at Alpine Psychiatry talks to you about your treatment options, which may include:
The adult and child psychiatry practice has practitioners with advanced training and recommend prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and ketamine therapy, and helping clients work through their painful memories in a caring and supportive environment.
Contact Alpine Psychiatry by calling, texting, or clicking the online booking button to schedule your PTSD consultation today.