The symptoms of PTSD can be very debilitating. For example, an individual who has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury must also re-experience the traumatic event in at least one of the following ways:
- Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions.
- Recurrent distressing dreams of the event.
- Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes, including those that occur upon awakening or when intoxicated).
- Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.
- Physiologic reactivity upon exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
As you can see, experiencing the symptoms of PTSD involve re-living the traumatic event through flashbacks, intrusive images, or reacting to reminders of the events with distress, hyperventilating, etc., would make it extremely difficult to carry out daily activities, but especially those associated with the environment in which the trauma occurred. So, for example, first responders would be expected to be highly compromised in their ability to work if that is where their trauma occurred because they would be faced with frequent, daily reminders of the trauma. Similarly, an individual involved in a near fatal motor vehicle accident might have considerable difficulties driving and the convenience store clerk or bank teller who were robbed at gun point or feared for their life, might not be able to return to work. In fact, returning to “the scene of the crime” is one of the most difficult obstacles that interfere with returning to work and 37% of those people who are diagnosed with PTSD are classified as “severe”. These severe symptoms of PTSD have even lower probabilities or returning to work that involves potentially life threatening circumstances. In fact, a National Comorbidity Study found that respondents with PTSD had 40% elevated odds of high school and college failure, 30% elevated odds of teenage childbearing, 60% elevated odds of marital instability, and 150% elevated odds of current unemployment at the time of interview compared to people without symptoms of PTSD. Individuals with PTSD are also at greater risk for developing depression, substance abuse and committing suicide.
There is also some evidence that suggests the quicker the symptoms of PTSD are recognized and treated, the better the chances for a positive outcome. Because our treatment for PTSD and anxiety 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.
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 PTSD and depression differently and therefore the presence of PTSD and depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of PTSD, anxiety or depression, 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 reviews. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.