For people who are experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or those who have experienced traumatic events, Psychotherapy is a way to help those individuals learn how to process the event and move on. Here’s a quick overview of what PTSD is and an introduction to some PTSD treatments.
What is PTSD
PTSD, sometimes called shell shock or combat fatigue, is an anxiety disorder some people experience after a highly traumatic event. Exposure to a traumatic event can cause changes in the body’s neurochemistry, sending the body into a state of anxiety. PTSD is different from other anxiety disorders (such as phobias) because there is no physical danger or threat. Instead, someone with PTSD may experience horror, helplessness, or dread associated with a particular trauma.
Treatment Options For PTSD
EMDR Treatment Options
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of psychotherapy that helps patients overcome their symptoms through eye movements. EMDR therapy is often used in trauma treatment because it deals with the underlying emotional issues that cause PTSD.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy designed to treat PTSD. CBT deals with the patient’s trauma and negative feelings by helping them learn to process the emotions they are experiencing.
Several different medications can be prescribed depending on your individual needs. Medications may help you get a handle on your anxiety and help you move past the memories of your traumatic experiences.
Get Started Today
Although there are many treatment options for PTSD, getting help as soon as possible is essential. Delaying treatment can make dealing with the symptoms of PTSD more complex and may even increase the likelihood that you will develop additional psychiatric disorders such as substance abuse.