An estimated 12 million Americans experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a given year. If you’re avoiding situations or people because of past trauma, you can find compassionate care at Ocean Psychiatry. The mental health specialists offer a safe space for you to address your fears and negative thought patterns. The providers use a combination of psychotherapy and medications to help you overcome past trauma to take back control of your life. Call the office in Fremont, California, to schedule a PTSD evaluation or book an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a traumatic event. While not everyone will develop PTSD because of trauma, events that can trigger PTSD symptoms include:
You may even develop PTSD after receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis.
The symptoms of PTSD can start soon after you experience or witness the event. However, they can also begin years after the trauma occurs.
Symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person and can include:
PTSD can also make you feel frightened or easily startled. You may avoid certain people, places, or circumstances that remind you of the trauma.
Some with PTSD may be at a higher risk for substance abuse issues if they use drugs or alcohol to numb themselves from negative thoughts and emotions.
You should schedule a PTSD evaluation at Ocean Psychiatry if you have any of the symptoms for a month or longer, and perhaps even sooner if your symptoms are severe. If you’re considering self-harm or suicide, call 911 for emergency assistance.
Ocean Psychiatry offers mental health evaluations online and in-office for PTSD. Once they confirm your diagnosis, the providers customize a care plan that focuses on helping you regain a better sense of control and stability in your life.
Treatments available for PTSD include:
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is an effective way to understand your negative thought patterns and belief system that keep you feeling stuck. The providers offer tools and resources that help you change negative thoughts to healthier and more positive ones.
In combination with psychotherapy, medications can be beneficial for relieving anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of PTSD.
Ocean Psychiatry offers antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines. They also specialize in ketamine fusion therapy. Ketamine is an anesthetic that can also trigger the growth of new neural pathways in your brain to find fast relief from depression and other PTSD symptoms.
The providers carefully monitor your use of medications to ensure they are working well for you. They can adjust the type of medication and the dosage you use throughout your treatment.
If you need help managing symptoms of PTSD, call Ocean Psychiatry or book a consultation online today.