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Every psychiatrist, especially those on staff at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA, knows that it can be hard for their patients to make the decision to seek help. There is a lot of stigma associated with PTSD, which can lead a lot of people to struggle with the symptoms for years without seeking help. If you’re suffering from PTSD, some of the following worries might sound familiar to you:

  • You’re worried you’ll face discrimination at work, at school, or finding housing because of your symptoms
  • If you tell people, you’ll be perceived with negative labels or stereotypes associated with mental illness
  • You’re worried you won’t be able to afford therapy or get to an office that can suit your needs
  • You think you can get over this on your own

Whatever you’re reasoning, you should seriously think about seeing a psychiatrist for help. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs,

“Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.”

It is incredibly common and very treatable. At Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, PTSD is among our areas of practice and have the expertise to help you cope with your symptoms. If you need more reasons to seek help, here are 3 reasons to do so.

1. Make Sense of Your Trauma

When you actually come in and speak to a psychiatrist, you’re able to speak on and actually understand what happened to you. Whether talking in support groups or figuring out what triggers you in developing cognitive behavioral therapy— this time at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine or anywhere else can help you understand what’s happening, which will help you overcome your symptoms.

2. Learn Skills to Deal With Symptoms

Beyond understanding, you can talk to both others suffering from PTSD and psychiatrists that have helped tons of people just like you in coming up with the skills you need. By working through the memories and the situations that cause flare ups in your PTSD, we can identify how you feel and how to deal with those feelings. By partnering with our team in Augusta County, VA, we can help walk you through all of that and you will leave our facility with active ways to deal with your symptoms.

3. Reconnect With Those You Care About

Once you take that step to seek help and accept it, you can let the ones you care about into your life once more. Chances are, dealing with PTSD and the shame associated with it, you’ve probably blocked a lot of your loved ones out. Beyond standard psychiatric care, the key to overcoming PTSD is having a network of people that can support you through the process. At Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, family and friends or not, we can help you build up a supportive social framework to help you. No one should have to go it alone.

Are You Ready?

If you’re ready to get the help from a psychiatrist at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA contact us to get started. You’re taking a great step to take control of your PTSD and move on with your life. If you’re suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, or any mood and thought disorder and want help as well, check out our services to see if we can help.