Have you ever encountered a profoundly threatening or scary event in your life? The shock of what happened may have been so great that you have a hard time living every day because of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have PTSD in Lexington your specialist at Boston MindCare, PC can help you through such a difficult moment.
The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include:
- Childhood abuse
- Loss of a loved one
- Car accident
- Domestic abuse
- Armed conflict, terrorism, war
- Physical assault
- Sexual violence
Symptoms for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can start within one month or a year after the traumatic event. The symptoms cause significant problems in work or social situations as well as in relationships. They also affect your ability to go about your normal daily activities.
The PTSD symptoms are grouped into four categories:
- Intrusive memories
- Negative thinking and mood disorders
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Diagnosis of PTSD
To diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder, your doctor can:
- Do a psychological evaluation that includes discussing your symptoms and signs and the event that led to them.
- Perform a physical exam to check for medical problems that may be causing your symptoms.
- Use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Treatment for PTSD
The treatment can help you regain a sense of control over your life. The primary treatment is psychotherapy but can also include medication.
Some types of psychotherapy used in PTSD treatment include:
It is talk therapy that helps you recognize the ways of thinking that are keeping you stuck. It is used along with exposure therapy.
Your doctor can use this therapy to help you safely face both situations and memories that you find frightening to learn to cope with them effectively.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
Your doctor can combine exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that help you process traumatic memories and change how you react to them.
Several types of medications can improve symptoms, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and prazosin.
If you have debilitating PTSD, all the above treatments might not provide enough relief. But at Boston MindCare, PC, they have fast-acting treatments known as Ketamine, which has helped many people find comfort from PTSD. It can work so quickly, and you experience improvement within 24 hours, depending on your condition.
Ketamine improves synaptic connections in your prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain in charge of social behavior, planning, and decision making. If you have experienced some mental illness that has damaged this part of your brain, your doctor will use Ketamine to restore your brain’s pathway.
Ketamine blocks receptors for glutamate, a brain chemical that plays roles in mood regulation and generally works by exciting brain cells, pushing them to send electrical signals. It stimulates neurotransmitter, which helps direct activity throughout the brain. Ketamine disrupts the fear that is associated with traumatic memories.
For details to help you live your everyday life again after PTSD, call or book an appointment online with Boston MindCare, PC.