Treatment of PTSD

Certain doctors can diagnose PTSD, such as psychiatrists or psychologists.  The mental health providers at Dr. Emanuel Martinez and Associates have experience helping people with these mental illnesses.

Some standard acknowledgements to have a patient get diagnosed with PTSD are listed below.  An adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

  • A re-experiencing symptom, such as flashbacks, bad dreams, or frightening thought.
  • An avoidance symptom, such as avoiding a place or event that reminds them of a traumatic incident.
  • Two or more arousal symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping or angry outbursts.
  • Two or more mood affecting symptoms, such as forgetting parts of an event, negative thoughts, or feeling guilty.

Once diagnosed, the treatments used to help overcome PTSD are medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Since no two patients are the same, and PTSD can affect everyone differently, one treatment may work well for certain patients while not helping others as much. Dr. Martinez and Associates have the experience needed to treat anyone with PTSD.  PTSD patients may need to attempt several treatments to find what works best for their particular symptoms.

Some other problems in a patients life can significantly affect their PTSD treatment.  For instance, if a patient with PTSD is in an abusive relationship, it can cause reoccurring trauma, and both problems should be addressed to treat the issue. Some more ongoing issues can include panic disorder, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.


Medication Treatment

Medication treatments for PTSD largely rely on antidepressants that can help control the symptoms of sadness, anger, or emptiness.  Along with antidepressants, other medications that can help with problems sleeping or mood changes could be utilized, as well as psychotherapy.

Treatment with Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is when a mental health professional treats a patient through talking sessions. Psychotherapy is possible through one on one sessions, or in group sessions.  There is not a time frame on psychotherapy, as each patient has different needs and treatments. Positive support from friends and family members can make a large improvement in recovery time.

Psychotherapy can target different symptoms of PTSD directly.  Effective treatments tend to put emphasis on a few key symptoms, including teaching patients about particular symptoms, giving them the skills to help identify triggers and symptoms, and the skills to help manage their disorder more effectively.

Psychotherapy can teach people helpful ways to deal with frightening events that trigger their PTSD.  Through psychotherapy sessions, patients can learn to deal with the trauma, manage the way it affects their daily lives, utilize mood controlling skills, sleep better, overcome feelings of guilt or shame, and completely manage their PTSD better.