Nearly 70% of American adults experience some type of trauma in their lifetime, with 20% of those struggling to overcome the impacts of their trauma. At Summit Psychiatric Services in Livonia, Michigan, Bryan Weinstein, DO, and his experienced medical team offer comprehensive PTSD services to help you regain control of your life and let go of the guilt that’s holding your back. If you can’t cope with symptoms of PTSD, don’t delay treatment. Call the office for an appointment today or book online.
PTSD Q & A
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that stems from a terrifying or traumatic event. You can either experience the event personally or be a witness to it, causing a variety of long-term symptoms, such as flashbacks and anxiety. Common triggers of PTSD include:
- Military combat
For some, coping in the aftermath of a traumatic event with self-care can prevent a worsening of your symptoms. However, if your issues begin to interfere with your daily routine, you can benefit from professional psychiatric counseling with Dr. Weinstein and his team.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
Symptoms of PTSD can begin shortly after the traumatic event or appear several years later. Common symptoms of the condition include:
- Mood swings
- Intrusive thoughts
- Negative thinking patterns
Some people may experience persistent feelings of guilt or anger that cause them to isolate themselves and avoid certain places or people. Over time, your symptoms can worsen, especially if you’re under a lot of emotional stress or are triggered by your environment.
The intensity of your emotions and thoughts can lead to thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. For these reasons, it’s important you seek professional help to better manage your PTSD symptoms.
What treatments are available for PTSD?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Weinstein discusses your symptoms and the events that may trigger your symptoms. He also reviews your medical history and your family history to identify other mental health issues that may explain your symptoms.
For many struggling with PTSD, talk therapy is important for recognizing your fears and helping you cope with your feelings. Dr. Weinstein may also recommend exposure therapy that helps you face your memories and traumatic experience head-on, lessening your reaction to them.
In some cases, medication therapy helps resolve your symptoms making it easier to move forward with your life. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can relieve symptoms of PTSD, such as depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and mood swings.
Dr. Weinstein also works with you to help manage your irritability, anger, and aggression to ensure you can function well at work, at home, and other environments.
If you’re struggling to move forward after a traumatic event, don’t hesitate to seek help. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office at 248-471-7171.