Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a specific type of anxiety disorder that develops after you experience a traumatic event. Approximately 20% of people who suffer from trauma develop PTSD. The team of experienced and compassionate mental health experts at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead and the Financial District in New York diagnoses and treats PTSD to help you lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Call or make an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that develops after you experience a horrifying or traumatic event such as a terrorist attack, active shooter situation, car accident, or personal assault.
It’s normal to experience anxiety and other symptoms after a traumatic event. However, in most cases, your symptoms subside with time. You may have PTSD if your symptoms persist or worsen and still interfere with your life months after the event.
PTSD symptoms can persist for months, or even years, after your trauma. There are four distinct categories of PTSD symptoms:
Intrusive memories such as flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms of PTSD. Memories and flashbacks are often so realistic that you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic event, and you may not be able to tell the difference between your memories and real life.
After trauma, you may go out of your way to avoid places and people that remind you of the experience. In some cases, these avoidance behaviors interfere with your ability to go to school or work or even leave your house, which can negatively impact your relationships.
PTSD often causes negative thoughts and feelings, such as guilt, worthlessness, or distrust. You might feel like all other people are dangerous or that no one can be trusted. It’s also common to lose interest in previously enjoyed activities as well as your relationships with friends and family.
Irritability and angry outbursts are common symptoms of PTSD. You may find it difficult to control your emotions and temper, or you may always feel like you’re on high alert. Reckless behaviors such as excessive drinking and drug use are also common PTSD symptoms.
The team at Mindful Urgent Care offers personalized treatments and care to help you manage your PTSD. Following a comprehensive assessment of your mental and physical health to develop a detailed understanding of your condition and your needs, your provider creates a customized treatment plan. Your plan is likely to include medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications to help you recover.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and are concerned about PTSD, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online to get relief from your symptoms today.
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