Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. These events may include military combat, natural disasters, serious accidents, physical or sexual assault, or other life-threatening situations. PTSD can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of PTSD can be grouped into four main categories:

1. Intrusive Memories: Flashbacks, nightmares, or distressing memories of the traumatic events.

2. Avoidance: Avoiding places, people, or activities that remind you of the trauma. Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others.

3. Negative Changes In Thinking and Mood: Negative thoughts about yourself or the world, feelings of guilt or blame, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and difficulty experiencing positive emotions.

4. Hyperarousal: Feeling jumpy, easily startled, or on edge. Difficulty sleeping, irritability, anger outbursts, and trouble concentrating.

There can be mood swings such as extreme sadness and emotional numbness. Symptoms lasting for more than a month can cause significant distress, and affect areas of your life socially, and in your occupation.

It’s important to note that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD, and the severity and duration of symptoms can vary from person to person. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it’s essential to seek professional help from a qualified mental health provider for assessment and treatment.


Supporting Someone With PTSD

Supporting a loved one with PTSD can be challenging, but your understanding and patience can make a significant difference in their recovery journey. Listen actively and without judgment when they’re ready to talk about their experiences, but also respect their boundaries if they prefer not to discuss it. Offer reassurance and validation of their feelings, letting them know that their reactions are normal given their experiences. Encourage them to seek professional help and accompany them to appointments if needed. Be patient with their symptoms and avoid pressuring them to ‘get over it’ or ‘move on.’ Instead, provide a safe and supportive environment where they feel understood and accepted. Remember to take care of yourself too, as supporting someone with PTSD can be emotionally demanding. Reach out to support groups or seek guidance from a mental health professional if you need additional help navigating this journey.

How Do You Treat PTSD?

Medication Management

Our expertise lies in the strategic use of medications to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. This may include the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and other options specifically aimed at reducing anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances associated with PTSD. We carefully consider each patient’s situation to find the most effective medication regimen.

Supportive Services

While our primary focus is on medication management, we understand the importance of comprehensive care. We guide our patients towards supportive services and resources that can complement their treatment, such as peer support groups and counseling services. These resources can offer additional emotional support and coping strategies

Lifestyle Guidance

We advocate for the integration of healthy lifestyle practices as a vital part of the healing process. This includes advice on regular physical activity, balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, and stress reduction techniques, all of which can significantly impact the overall well-being of individuals with PTSD.

Educational Resources

Knowledge is empowering, especially when dealing with PTSD. Platinum Psychiatry provides educational materials and resources to help patients and their families understand the condition better. We also recommend support groups that can offer insights and shared experiences, aiding in the navigation of PTSD’s challenges.