Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental illness that occurs after a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any age. People who suffer from PTSD can experience recurrent and unwanted memories of the event, and negative changes in mood or thinking. Functioning in daily life can also be affected with changes in physical and emotional reactions.
During the aftermath of surviving a traumatic event, people can experience an array of emotions. These emotions can include stress, guilt, anger, fear, anxiety, and depression. While most people initially experience some PTSD-like symptoms, not everyone develops long-term PTSD. The best way to avoid developing long-term PTSD after experiencing trauma, is to quickly get the help and support needed. That help may come in the form of care and support from a loved one, or seeking out a medical professional.
It is important to know that PTSD is a treatable mental illness. The most common treatment is psychotherapy. Symptoms are also commonly treated with medications. Both of these methods together have been found to be very helpful in improving symptoms.
As we raise awareness every June, take time to learn more about the impact you can make in someone’s life who suffers from PTSD. Those currently experiencing PTSD tend to avoid talking about the event. By opening up conversations and ending stigmas you can help facilitate a safe environment where they feel supported and heard.
If you or a loved one are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and in need of professional help, please reach out for a consultation. Our founder, Dr. Melissa Fickey has an extensive amount of experience working with veterans and treating PTSD symptoms. She has worked at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, the Bay Pines Veterans’ Hospital in Saint Petersburg, The Brooksville VA Clinic, and the Malcom Randall Departments of Medical Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, FL.
We are always here to provide compassionate care and support.