Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a concerning mental health problem, which can have a debilitating effect on one’s professional, social, personal, and interpersonal life.
PTSD is characterized by haunting flashbacks and nightmares of traumatic events experienced in the past, such as war, terrorist attack, life-threatening situation, death of a loved one, domestic violence or relationship conflicts, among others.
PTSD warrants attention in the view that it may cause severe disability and impairment as well as increase the risk of development of comorbid psychiatric disorders such as alcohol and/or drug abuse. The risk of developing PTSD in a lifetime ranges between 6.1 and 9.2 percent.
However, the good news is that PTSD can be managed through medication, undergoing psychotherapies, and building resilience through healthy lifestyle changes and meditation.
PTSD affects different people differently, so one treatment plan does not work for all. At Athena Behavioral Health, we consider credible clinical trials and recommendations for all our PTSD patients.
Evidences divide PTSD treatment into two broad categories:
This line of treatment includes four interventions that are found to be the most effective in treating PTSD.
This line of treatment comprises three psychotherapies and four medications. These are called conditionally recommended as they are used only in specific cases and are associated with certain risks in addition to benefits.
Generally four of these medications are prescribed to people battling PTSD: Sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, and venlafaxine.
While these are the major interventions used to treat PTSD currently, we at Athena follow a strict protocol to decide the best treatment plan for our patients. The final decision is taken on the basis of inputs from best-in-the-class doctors and therapists to avoid any possible complication.
After treatment, patients would:
For fast and long-term recovery people undergoing treatment are advised to:
PTSD symptoms may appear from one month to several years after a traumatic event. These are broadly divided into four types:
It is important to note that different individual experience and respond to symptoms differently. The four types of symptoms are briefly explained below.