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What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Re-experiencing symptoms related to Post traumatic stress disorder may include: flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating; bad dreams; and frightening thoughts.  Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing symptoms. 

2. Avoidance symptoms may include: staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience; feeling emotionally numb; feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past; having trouble remembering the dangerous event.  It is very common for victims of post traumatic stress disorder, when reminded of the traumatic event, to engage in avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car. 

3. Hyperarousal symptoms may include: being easily startled; feeling tense or “on edge”; having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.  Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant but can also get worse when triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

Because our treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and depression  programs rely 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 depression 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.  Unfortunately, in Tennessee, about 3.7% of all adults will have serious thoughts of suicide.  Furthermore, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment.

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. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, including PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.