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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is PTSD, its causes, and treatments? The answers to your questions are here.

upset woman getting marriage counseling with her husbandWhat is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as war/combat, natural disaster, a serious accident, sexual assault, or other violent personal assault.

PTSD was once known as “shell shock” during World War II and “combat fatigue” after World War II. However, PTSD doesn’t just occur to combat veterans; it can affect anyone, of any nationality or culture, and any age.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?
The symptoms of PTSD can be grouped into four main categories, with symptoms varying in severity:

Intrusive Thoughts

These include distressing dreams, flashbacks, or involuntary memories of the traumatic event. Flashbacks can be so vivid that people with PTSD feel like they are re-living the event.

Arousal and Reactive Symptoms

These include aggressive outbursts, irritability, easily being startled, sleeping problems, concentration problems, and reckless or self-destructive behaviors.

Negative Feelings and Thoughts

Distorted beliefs and thoughts about oneself or others (i.e. no one can be trusted); loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities; feelings of detachment from others, and; ongoing fear, guilt, or anger.

Avoid Reminders

People with PTSD may avoid places, activities, people, situations, and/or objects that remind them of the traumatic event.

How can Prime Behavioral Health help?
The treatment for PTSD can vary from one person to another. At Prime Behavioral Health, our clinicians will work closely with each individual to identify the best course of treatment possible. Typically, the treatment may involve psychotherapy, exposure therapy, stress inoculation training, and medications.

Are You Ready to Get Help?
We are here for you. Set An Appointment now to meet with one of our licensed clinicians. For other concerns, call us at 301-477-2128.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or are concerned about a loved one, please contact Maryland’s Crisis Hotline at +1-800-422-0009 or you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to someone, you can use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. For immediate crisis support, please call 911. For other resources, please visit https://www.mdcrisisconnect.org/.