Many people exposed to a life-threatening event suffer long term distress, as a result. But did you know that this exposure can include just witnessing such an event? Also, regardless of its cause, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brings chronic and disabling symptoms. These symptoms prove so dramatic that just under half of the people with PTSD also experience co-occurring addiction to drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, unfortunately, substance abuse is common in an attempt at self-medication.
Integrative Psychiatry Treats Your PTSD
Whether you have a dual diagnosis condition of PTSD with a substance use disorder or post traumatic stress alone, you need help. Actually, you deserve that help and a chance for better functioning. Through a combined approach to whole-person wellness, called integrative psychiatry, you can return to a more fulfilling, productive, and stable life.
MedPsych Integrated in Raleigh, North Carolina provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of mental health conditions, including PTSD. Dr. Nadia Meyer is the director of MedPsych Integrated and a psychiatrist. Additionally, she possesses a triple board certification in psychiatry, internal medicine and addiction psychiatry. Furthermore, she uses this background to help you gain diagnosis, understanding of your condition and the treatment you need.
Dr. Meyer’s methods include:
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medical history review
- Genetic testing
- Onsite blood draws
- Open patient communication
- Medication management
What is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder usually occurring in people who have experienced some form of trauma. Also, this trauma comes from something you experienced yourself or witnessed happening to others.
Types of trauma that cause PTSD in some people include:
- Natural disaster
- Serious accident or injury
- War or combat
- Threat of imminent death
- The Threat of sexual violence
- Threat of serious injury
Each person has their own threshold in dealing with these types of acts. Also, some suffer PTSD after the trauma, whereas others do not. Furthermore, in World War II, post traumatic stress was called combat fatigue. Also, in World War I, it was shell shock. But PTSD can affect anyone, not just combat veterans. In fact, about 3.5 percent of Americans experience this condition in a given year. Furthermore, one in every 11 will receive this diagnosis or experience its mental health problems in their lifetime.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of the condition are emotional, mental and physical. They include:
- Intensely disturbing thoughts and feelings
- Uncontrolled and intense emotions
- Reliving the event through flashbacks or nightmares
- Sadness, fear, low mood and anger
- Sleep problems
- Intrusive thoughts
- Memory and concentration problems
- Detachment from other people
- Avoidance of triggers and reminders of the trauma
- Strong negative reactions to noises or touch
To receive a diagnosis of this disorder, you must have experienced a traumatic event. But what feels traumatic to individuals can vary widely. Furthermore, the condition also occurs in people repeatedly witnessing or otherwise exposed to details of others’ trauma. Also, first responders are a good example of people commonly suffering this type of indirect trauma.
Signs of PTSD last for longer than a month and cause major distress and life disruption. Also, symptoms often begin in the first three months after the trauma. But new symptoms may appear later, lasting months to years. Additionally, with post-traumatic stress you can also suffer depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, cognitive problems, physical ailments and other mental health disorders.
Stressor related disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder include:
- Acute stress disorder
- Disinhibited social engagement disorder
- Adjustment disorder
- Reactive attachment disorder
- Anxiety disorders
The Road to Treatment Is Here through Integrative Psychiatry
Diagnosing PTSD provides relief, in that you can understand the symptoms you suffer. But the mental health condition does not heal on its own. Additionally, you need an array of therapies and other methods specifically proven to help people in your shoes. Also, if you seek help for a loved one, it is important to understand their condition. Furthermore, it can be difficult to deal with someone struggling to regain mental stability after trauma. It is the source of heartache and great concern for everyone involved. Additionally, the good news is that MedPsych Integrated provides treatment on an outpatient basis. Today, we also treat patients through Telepsychiatry. Also, this means there is no reason or excuse to put off treatment.
Lastly, Call MedPsych Integrated today at 919-582-7272 for appointment scheduling.