Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arises from significant psychological and emotional trauma. If you’ve experienced a distressing experience and are struggling to cope, contact Barbara D. Davis, FNP, and her team at Aseda Suboxone and Wellness in Danvers, Massachusetts. They use medication and talk therapies to treat PTSD, selecting the approaches that work best for you. Call Aseda Suboxone and Wellness or schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment online today for caring PTSD treatment.
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder resulting from trauma — an experience that’s often potentially life-threatening and causes fear, horror, and extreme distress.
Living through trauma doesn’t necessarily lead to PTSD; some people develop depression or anxiety, while others recover without experiencing mental health problems. But for those who do have PTSD symptoms, the effects can be devastating.
Any significant trauma can lead to PTSD. People tend to associate it with military personnel and civilians in war zones, and armed conflicts do often lead to PTSD. But many other experiences can also be traumatic, such as:
These traumas are sudden, lasting minutes, hours, or days. Other traumas, like abuse and neglect, can go on for years, leading to complex (chronic) PTSD.
PTSD can affect you in numerous ways, causing symptoms such as:
Flashbacks are something most people with PTSD experience. They’re memories of the trauma that are so intense you feel as though you’re reliving the experience. Flashbacks strike suddenly, typically in response to a trigger like a sound or smell that transports you to the traumatic event.
These symptoms can be so distressing and hard to escape that many people use alcohol or drugs to ease their pain. But substance misuse makes the problem worse in the long run.
The Aseda Suboxone and Wellness team might prescribe antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to reduce PTSD symptoms. They also offer specialized medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people with substance use disorders. These treatments are available on an outpatient basis.
Individual psychotherapy involves talking about the trauma and your experience. This is something many people with PTSD find especially challenging, but it can be invaluable for helping you process your trauma and reduce its effects.
Another therapy that people with PTSD find helpful is trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It can often be beneficial to attend couples or family therapy as well.
Call Aseda Suboxone and Wellness or book an appointment online today for compassionate PTSD treatment.