Seeking Counseling for Your PTSD

/Seeking Counseling for Your PTSD
Seeking Counseling for Your PTSD 2019-02-20T11:13:31-07:00

Help is here, and you don’t have to go at it alone.

For survivors of a traumatic experience, moving on from the after effects can be one of the biggest hurdles they will ever face.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is commonly associated with soldiers who have undergone the stress of combat.  However, a person who has suffered trauma in their civilian life is just as likely to be affected.

PTSD is caused when someone experiences a near-death or life altering experience.  We can see this disorder manifest itself after:

  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Serious car accidents
  • Terrorist attacks or mass shootings
  • Acts of violent crime
    • Armed Robbery
    • Assault
    • Domestic Violence

 

Signs and Symptoms

If you or someone you know has survived a traumatic experience, keep an eye out for these symptoms.  Only a medical professional like Dr. Nisha can diagnose PTSD, but self-identification or familiarity with common signs of distress can help you or others seek the help they need.

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Guilt
  • Worry
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Musculoskeletal & Cardiovascular  irregularities  or distress

The Decision to Seek Help

If you or a loved one are experiencing the above or other symptoms associated with PTSD, or have gone through a traumatic experience from which the after effects are impacting your quality of life, it’s time to seek professional help.

While some may view counseling as an admission of weakness or victim mentality, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the decision to get help shows tremendous strength and courage.  When we choose to seek support, we exhibit a strength that most people will never understand.  A person is unable to admit their weaknesses and get help without that decision coming from a position of power.

Treatment for PTSD

There are several forms of therapy that we may employ to help treat your PTSD, as well as the accompanying symptoms such as anxiety or depression.

Some of the potential tools in our counseling chest include:

Talk therapy to help you learn and understand the triggers that lead to your PTSD symptoms.
This type of therapy will allow you to face your symptoms in a controlled environment to process the triggers and memories of your trauma.  This can be particularly useful with nightmares.
Such as antidepressants and antianxiety medications have been known to help with PTSD symptoms but may come with some side effects.

How to Choose the Right Therapist

The relationship that you have with your therapist is an important step in your treatment and recovery process.  Your counselor must be someone you can talk to about anything in your life, and there must be complete trust, openness and honesty.

Dr. Nisha strives to provide all patients with a welcoming, friendly and stress-free environment to help put you at ease. Her expertise in the field of treating PTSD, and years of experience with a proven track record of helping others just like you, makes her an excellent choice for counseling.

Dr. Nisha understands the individuality of each situation and will work with your to tailor treatment methods to your individual and specific needs, and in a way that is most conducive to improvement.

Get the Help You Need Today

Understanding your symptoms, recognizing that you need help and then proactively reaching out for assistance can be a painful, difficult decision.  Know that you or your loved one are not alone in this journey and that the sooner you seek help, the sooner the road to recovery and a healthier more fulfilling life can begin.

Dr. Nisha can help you or your loved one process the pain and move forward from your trauma. Give her a call today, and change your life for the better.