Are you looking for help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and you live in the Baltimore area? Psychology Consultants Associated (PCA) has been treating patients with post traumatic stress disorders since 1972.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been classified as an anxiety disorder that usually develops from an exposure to an intense, often frightening, sometimes life threatening experience. Signs of possible PTSD typically begin within three months of the traumatizing event. In some instances, PTSD symptoms are delayed and may not occur until years after the event.
Symptoms of this disorder can come and go. The intensity and frequency of the symptoms is often related to the general level of stress and anxiety for the individual.
PTSD symptoms are usually grouped into three different types:
- Intrusive memories
- Avoidance and emotional numbing
- Increased anxiety and over arousal when faced with conditions similar to the traumatic one
Symptoms of PTSD may include the following:
- Flashbacks or a reliving of the traumatic event
- Disturbing dreams
- Avoiding activities and places which are reminders of the disturbing event
- Emotional flattening or numbness
- Overreaction, in the sense of being overly startled or overly frightener
The diagnosis of PTSD is made both with a structured interview and a symptom endorsement rating scale. Treatment may include both psychological, as well as pharmacological approaches. Often, in therapy, education about the nature of PTSD is extremely helpful. Bolstering self esteem and developing anxiety management skills are also part of an effective treatment plan.
Untreated PTSD is often associated with increased alcohol use or drug abuse and more general anxiety and increased depressed mood. The effects on the patient’s loved ones can be devastating. Call us today for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Baltimore MD at 410-828-6062.