There has been a lot said about a psychological ailment called Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on television and in the movies over the past few years both in terms of news reports on the disorder and dramatizations. PTSD is a real sickness that affects many people. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a lingering response to an extreme situation that has either placed the person in danger or has resulted from witnessing someone else in danger. Our certified therapist in Staten Island at Crasmere Psychiatric Services, has been treating patients suffering from PTSD in the for many years.
Most people associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with military members returning from war or police officers that have faced a particularly dangerous situation. While many military and law enforcement personnel do face situations that can trigger PTSD the truth is that anyone who has faced a dangerous situation such as a criminal act, hurricane or bad accident can develop fear, apprehension and changes in behavior for a long time after the event, even months or years later. According to our certified therapist in Staten Island, the symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person but some of the more common ones include bad dreams, flashbacks (feeling that you are reliving the incident), uncontrollable fear, consciously avoiding places or situations that remind you of the original event, worrying, feeling guilty, trouble sleeping and depression among others.
According to our certified therapist in Staten Island, treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder involves getting help from a mental health professional that has experience handling PTSD cases. Treatment options may include talk therapy, medication or both. In many cases heightening the patient’s awareness of what is happening and when or where it happens and providing them with strategies to avoid the situations or on how to de-stress are helpful. Therapy may take 6-12 weeks or longer. If you have any symptoms of PTSD please call our office.