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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, “develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event” (NIMH). While many who experience PTSD, experience short-term PTSD, a minority of those will go on to have chronic PTSD. Furthermore, PTSD not only stems from frightening and/or dangerous experiences, people can also experience PTSD after events like the death of a loved one.
If you believe that you are experiencing PTSD, you should speak with a mental health professional to get diagnosed and create a mental health plan. PTSD is unique with each case, and those experiencing PTSD may not experience all of the symptoms listed below. In addition, children and teenagers typically have different reactions to PTSD than adults.
According to the NIMH, common symptoms of PTSD include: 

  • nightmares 
  • flashbacks
  • frightening thoughts
  • difficulty sleeping
  • outbursts
  • being easily startled and/or on edge
  • avoiding thoughts, feelings, people, and/or places related to the traumatic event
  • negative thoughts
  • feelings of guilt, blame, or shame
  • loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy

If you’d like to discuss PTSD with a psychiatrist, or any other aspect of your mental health, please do not hesitate to call the psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA.