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Every psychiatrist, especially those on staff at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA, knows how hard it can be for those that suffer from PTSD. Especially because today is PTSD Awareness Day, we wanted to make sure everyone is aware of PTSD. It’s less common than you think. 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, although there is a lot of stigma clouding the facts of what it is. With that in mind, here is our guide answering a couple questions you may have about PTSD.

What Is PTSD?

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affair’s National Center for PTSD,

“PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.”

While it may be perfectly normal for anyone to have upsetting memories, feelings of unease, and trouble sleeping after a traumatic event, those with PTSD suffer with these feelings for months and much longer.

What Are Some of the Symptoms?

There are four types of but they might not be the same for everyone. Each person experiences symptoms in their own way. Here are 4 examples on the types of symptoms that occur.

  1. Reliving the event- This may consist of bad memories or nightmares, or even feeling like they’re going through the event again. Some may call this a flashback.
  2. Avoiding Situations Like the Event. Those with PTSD may avoid situations or people that can trigger memories of the traumatic event.
  3. Guilt and Shame- Because of the event, those with PTSD may change the way you think about themselves and may feel guilt or shame. They also may experience feelings of numbness or find it hard to feel happy.
  4. Hyperarousal- This can be characterized by jittery-ness, or always being alert and looking out for danger. Those with PTSD could suddenly get angry or irritable, startle easily, or lash out in unhealthy behaviors.

What Types of Treatment Are There?

There are two main types of treatment, getting counseling from psychiatrists like the ones at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine and medication. Sometimes people combine psychotherapy and medication. Using a variety of modes of therapy and developing cognitive behavioral therapy at our center in Augusta County, VA, we can help you try to overcome these symptoms.

Want to Learn More?

Of course this is just a little bit of information about PTSD, for more information from a psychiatrist at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA contact us to get started. Also, don’t hesitate to check out our tips on seeking care for PTSD. In addition, 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.