top of page

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, military combat, sexual assault, or a serious accident. Individuals with PTSD may experience distressing memories, thoughts, or nightmares about the traumatic event, avoidance behaviors, and feelings of numbness or guilt. They may also experience symptoms such as irritability, sleep disturbances, and difficulties concentrating.

The treatment of PTSD typically involves a combination of therapies, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy helps individuals understand and change their thoughts and behaviors related to the traumatic event.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): This therapy uses eye movements, tapping, or other bilateral stimulation to help individuals process and integrate their memories of the traumatic event.

  • Prolonged exposure therapy: This therapy involves repeated and gradual exposure to memories or reminders of the traumatic event, in order to help individuals overcome their fear and anxiety related to the event.

  • Medications: Antidepressant medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be prescribed to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia related to PTSD.

 

It is estimated that about 7-8% of the general population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. The exact number of individuals who experience PTSD can vary depending on several factors, including exposure to traumatic events and access to effective treatment.

 

Some other statistics related to PTSD include:

  • PTSD is more common among individuals who have been exposed to multiple traumatic events.

  • Women are more likely to experience PTSD than men.

  • The risk of developing PTSD is higher among individuals who have experienced a traumatic event in childhood.

  • Access to effective treatment can help reduce the impact of PTSD on individuals and improve their quality of life.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. With the right support and treatment, it is possible to manage and reduce the symptoms of PTSD and improve one's quality of life.

 

Call us at (631) 724-7152 or leave your name, email and message in the contact section below.

bottom of page