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Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Avoidance

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, typically try to avoid stimuli associated with the trauma as indicated by at least three of the following:

  1. Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
  2. Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
  3. Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
  4. Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  5. Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
  6. Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
  7. Sense of foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span)

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Hyper-Arousal

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, typically have symptoms of increasing arousal (not present before the trauma), indicated by at least two of the following:

  1. Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  2. Irritability or outbursts of anger
  3. Difficulty concentrating
  4. Hyper-vigilance
  5. Exaggerated startle response

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Duration

The duration of PTSD symptoms is more than one month.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Impairs Functioning

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, typically have clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

In short, people suffering from the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD typically try to avoid thought, feelings, places, people and things that remind them of their trauma.  People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD frequently have symptoms of increasing arousal.  These symptoms have persisted for at least one month and have resulted in significant distress or functional impairments in social, occupational or other areas of life.

Because our treatment for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and  depression 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 depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and 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 reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.