Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Type is a sub-category of PTSD that indicates the symptoms may been going on for months or years.  PTSD, affects about 7% of the population and is brought about following from the exposure to extreme trauma, including the witnessing or experiencing of death, life threatening injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition characterized by intense fear, helplessness, or horror.  After one month, the presence of  symptoms which include hypervigilance, avoidance of things related to the trauma, and re-experiencing the trauma through nightmares or flashbacks, then warrant at PTSD diagnosis.

Victims and witnesses of cruelty and other violence including motor vehicle accidents, robbery, domestic violence, rape, child abuse,  random violence and survivors of both man-made and natural disasters, are frequently identified with some type of PSTD. People in specific career fields such as the law enforcement, fire fighers, banking, convenience stores, media, medicine and military, who are exposed to cruelty and its consequences, tend to have higher rates of PSTD

Many traumatic events (e.g. car accidents, natural disasters, etc.) are of time-limited duration. However, some people experience post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type that continues for months or even years. When this occurs, it is referred to as post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type.  These people who often report additional symptoms in addition to typical PTSD symptoms, such as changes in their self-concept and the way they adapt to stressful events.  Examples of some experiences that have been show to be associated with post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type include: concentration camp survivors, prisoners of war,  sex slaves, long term domestic violence, long term abuse in childhood, etc.  Due to the impact of post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type, it has also been referred to as complex PTSD.

People with post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type may typically be treated with an anti-anxiety or antidepressant to reduce their anxiety symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy, including relaxation skill training and exposure therapies, might also be utilized to improve coping skills.  However, due to the complex nature of post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type, usually additional treatment is necessary for significant improvement.  Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder, chronic type or Complex PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for PTSD can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.