What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by an event that has either been experienced or witnessed that was terrifying. In many cases, people who have gone through traumatic events have a difficult time adjusting and coping for awhile, but do not have PTSD – with the passing of time and nurturing, they usually are able to overcome their traumatic experience. However, if symptoms persist for months or years and begin to interfere with day to day functioning,  you may be suffering from PTSD.

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder typically include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and consuming thoughts about the event. Other symptoms include:

  • Avoidance of thinking or talking about the event or places, activities, or people that may trigger thoughts of the event
  • Negative & critical feelings about ones self
  • Feeling numb
  • Inability to feel positive emotions
  • Hopelessness
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in emotional reactions such as guilt, shame, always being on guard for danger, irritability
  • Self-destructive behavior such as excessive drinking or drugs
  • Trouble concentrating or sleeping

Symptoms can vary in intensity and timing. Some may feel stressed most of the time, while others may be triggered by a news report or reminder of a traumatic event.

Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment is critical in order to reduce the symptoms of PTSD and improve daily functioning. If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your health care professional. Seek treatment as early as possible to prevent symptoms from worsening.

Our expert team of doctors in Delray Beach, Florida specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder can help you regain control of your life. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez


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