What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It occurs after someone had undergone a severely traumatic and terrifying life event. These people continue to carry around this pain with them long after the event has occurred. Some examples of events that are common among patients with PTSD include:
|Serious car accidents|
|Sexual assault or rape|
|Physical or sexual abuse during childhood|
How Does It Develop?
Most people who experience tragic events in their life do experience some lingering symptoms shortly after the event. In some cases, individuals will develop the condition over time. Whether or not one develops PTSD can depend on a few variables:
Conditions for PTSD
|How powerful the event was and how long it lasted|
|How strong their reaction was|
|How close they were to the event|
|If they were injured or lost someone important to them during the event|
|How much support they got after the event|
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms typically start soon after the event occurs, but in some cases, they may not show up until months or even years later. These symptoms sometimes come and go over several years. Here are types of symptoms related to PTSD:
- Re-experiencing the event– The person may have reoccurring bad memories or nightmares when they sleep. They experience flashbacks where they feel like they are reliving the event over and over again.
- Avoiding situations that remind them of the event– Patients with PTSD will avoid people or places that can trigger memories of the bad event.
- Negative changes in attitude and beliefs– The way someone with PTSD thinks about themselves can change dramatically following a traumatic event. They may have intense feelings of fear, shame or guilt. They may also lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.
- Hyperarousal– They may seem jittery or seem like they are always looking out for danger. They may have trouble concentrating or sleeping.
Treatment for PTSD
At Morningside Recovery, we recognize that co-occurring mental health disorders like PTSD are common among patients who struggle with addiction, so we ensure that each and every client’s condition is treated from every angle possible. Many addicts have been exposed to severe trauma in their addictions and we make sure they receive adequate treatment for both their addiction and any undrelying mental health issues they are facing.
Morningside’s treatment program offers psychiatric, therapeutic and counseling services to clients in a safe environment that is conducive to their recovery. We incorporate a comprehensive approach where clients can receive sufficient treatment for addiction and its underlying causes.
Morningside Recovery is among the leading addiction treatment providers in the country and offers a wide variety of services to patients dealing with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. We offer both 12 step-based and alternative treatment options, such as SMART Recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder and need help, you may reach us anytime at (949) 313-1161. Our treatment specialists are available anytime 24/7 and will help you find the right treatment option for you.