PTSD Services Offered In Nationwide
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who suffers a severely traumatic experience. At DigiPSYCH in New Jersey, California, Pennslyvania and Arizona, board-certified psychiatrist Asad Hussain, MD, offers compassionate care to people overwhelmed by PTSD. Dr. Hussain has many years of experience in acute inpatient psychiatric units, treating the most severe cases of PTSD. Call DigiPSYCH today or book a telepsychiatry appointment online to learn how Dr. Hussain can help you recover from PTSD.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes prolonged anxiety, emotional distress, disturbing memories, and disruptive behaviors in response to traumatic events.
PTSD triggers include:
- Physical assaults
- Car accidents
- Military combat
- Natural disasters (like tornadoes)
- Rail or airplane crashes
- Terrorist attacks
- Sexual assault
These events are often short-lived, but you can also develop complex PTSD from prolonged trauma. Children who undergo years of abuse and people who live with abusive partners can suffer from this form of PTSD.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms vary but often include:
- Negative thought patterns
- Vivid nightmares
- Overwhelming anxiety
- Problems concentrating
- Survivor’s guilt
- Intrusive thoughts
- Startling easily
- Suicidal thoughts
- Risk-taking behaviors
One of the defining features of PTSD is flashbacks. These often happen in response to something that reminds you of the trauma. Flashbacks are memories so intense you feel that you’re going through the experience again. These experiences are sometimes accompanied by aural or visual hallucinations.
To avoid flashback triggers and other trauma reminders, you might stay away from people, places, and situations that remind you of the experience.
PTSD increases your risk of substance misuse disorder or addiction. Many people with PTSD use drugs or alcohol to find some relief from negative thoughts and feelings.
How is PTSD treated?
At DigiPSYCH, Dr. Hussain offers compassionate care for people struggling with PTSD. Treatments that can help you include:
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) helps you process the trauma that triggered PTSD. Dr. Hussain provides a safe place for you to explore your experience without feeling overwhelmed by it. Therapy also helps you understand your condition and why you have such distressing symptoms.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can often help people with PTSD better manage their daily lives. Using CBT, Dr. Hussain shows you how to challenge the negative thoughts and mistaken beliefs that restrict your ability to function and replace them with positive ones.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs help reduce PTSD symptoms like depression and anxiety. Antipsychotics could benefit severe PTSD. Dr. Hussain monitors your drugs to ensure they work well for you and adjusts them to deliver the maximum benefit.
Call DigiPSYCH today or book an appointment online for PTSD treatments that offer effective relief from the aftereffects of trauma.
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