Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common than you may realize. Around 70% of Americans adults experience a traumatic event annually, and as many as 20% of them develop PTSD symptoms. Michael Billauer, DC, and Marci Reiss, DSW, LCSW, provide compassionate, patient-focused diagnosis and treatment for PTSD at the Los Angeles Wellness Institute (LAWI) in Marina Del Rey, California. If you’re concerned about PTSD, call LAWI or schedule an appointment online today.
PTSD, a severe mental health condition, is caused by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Although you may associate it with military combat, PTSD stems from any trauma.
The most common events leading to PTSD include situations where there is a perceived or actual threat to serious physical harm or death, including:
If you experience a traumatic event, you may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping. In most cases, with time and intensive self-care, you usually get better. PTSD is diagnosed when your symptoms become more severe and frequent, last for months or even years, and interfere with daily functioning.
PTSD symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. There are four general categories of symptoms of PTSD.
Intrusive memories: Recurrent and unwanted distressing recollections of the traumatic event, or reliving the event as though it were happening again (flashbacks), and nightmares. Symptoms of avoidance: Avoiding thinking or talking about the traumatic event, and avoiding people and places that trigger your memories.
Negative thoughts and feelings: Negative thoughts about yourself or the world, feelings of hopelessness, memory problems including not remembering the event or important aspects of it, difficulty maintaining close relationships, and feeling emotionally numb.
Arousal symptoms: Being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard for danger, having difficulty sleeping, self-destructive behavior, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior, trouble concentrating, and overwhelming guilt or shame.
PTSD symptoms vary in intensity over time with increases due to exposure to triggers including sights, sounds, smells, or tastes. Your PTSD symptoms may intensify when you're under stress, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may see a report on the news about a school shooting and feel overcome by memories.
At LAWI, the doctors understand PTSD and want to help you get your life under control. They use a personalized interdisciplinary approach to optimize your healing and promote health and wellness.
Depending on the individual, we customize the treatment plan to include various modalities of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to get symptoms of PTSD under control so you can heal and take back control over your life.
If you’re living with PTSD, call LAWI or schedule a consultation online today for compassionate and expert diagnosis and treatment.