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PTSD Specialist

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness

Regenerative and Functional Medicine, Pain Management, and TMS and Ketamine Therapy Center located in Bloomingdale, IL

About 15 million Americans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year. If you’ve experienced a trauma that’s left you with PTSD, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness wants you to understand that it’s not your fault — and that innovative treatments can help. Call the Bloomingdale, Illinois, office now or click the online scheduler to make your appointment.

PTSD Q&A

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a disorder related to stress and trauma. It was previously classified as an anxiety disorder. This disorder can develop after you experience severe stress or trauma. Events that can trigger PTSD include physical assault, natural disasters, military combat, and traumatic accidents. Each person’s PTSD triggers will differ.

After the triggering event, you might experience episodes of intense stress and fear, even when you’re in a safe environment.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms fall into several categories, including:

Re-experiencing symptoms

Re-experiencing symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, and scary thoughts.

Avoidance symptoms

Avoidance symptoms include avoiding anything that reminds you of the triggering event, stifling feelings or thoughts about the event, and changing your routine to prevent any reminders of the event.

Arousal and reactivity symptoms

Arousal and reactivity symptoms include startling easily, feeling anxious frequently, sleep disruptions, and unprovoked anger outbursts.

Mood and cognition symptoms

Mood symptoms include feeling guilty, hopeless, and other negative emotions. You might feel isolated from other people. You might also have difficulty recalling details of the triggering event.

People with PTSD have symptoms in each of these categories.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

PTSD diagnosis requires a thorough evaluation of your symptoms. To receive a PTSD diagnosis, you must have:

  • One or more re-experiencing symptoms
  • One or more avoidance symptoms
  • Two or more arousal and reactivity symptoms
  • Two or more cognition and mood symptoms

People with PTSD have all of these symptoms simultaneously, and they last for a month or longer.

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD treatment includes oral medication and psychotherapy. There are many different kinds of PTSD medications, primarily antidepressants, that can help. Psychotherapy approaches can vary, but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can significantly benefit many people with PTSD.

Cutting-edge treatments like ketamine infusions, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato® can also help with PTSD. This is particularly true of people who don’t respond to antidepressants or other oral medications.

It’s common to have other health challenges along with PTSD. For example, PTSD and chronic pain are closely linked in up to 51% of all cases. The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness treats you as a whole person to fully resolve your symptoms and improve your general health.

To learn more about the latest treatments for PTSD, call The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness now or click the provided booking link.