PTSD

At Elmbrook Psychiatry we offer fast and reliable PTSD treatment. Services include treatment of flashbacks, nightmares, and sleep disorders. We offer both medication and therapy to treat PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. Symptoms may not appear until months or even years after the event. PTSD can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

 

  • Intrusive thoughts or memories of the event

  • Flashbacks

  • Nightmares

  • Avoidance of people, places, or things that remind you of the event

  • Negative changes in mood and thought patterns

  • Feelings of guilt, blame, or shame

  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Hypervigilance ( always being on guard )

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

What Causes PTSD?

There are a number of potential causes of PTSD. One cause may be exposure to a traumatic event, such as combat, a natural disaster, or sexual assault. Other causes may include ongoing exposure to stressful situations, such as living in an abusive relationship or working in a high-stress job. Additionally, some people may be more susceptible to developing PTSD due to genetic factors or previous trauma.

Coping with PTSD

If you have symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek professional help. There are many effective treatments available, and a qualified psychiatric mental health provider can help you find the one that is right for you. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to cope with your symptoms: 

 

  • Peer Support Groups: Talk to someone who understands. It can be helpful to talk to someone who has been through a similar experience. Talking about your experiences and feelings can help you feel more in control and less alone.

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs will only make your symptoms worse in the long run.

  • Self-Care: Take care of yourself. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising can help improve your mood and reduce stress. 

  • Mentalization & Self Awareness: Connect with nature. Spend time outside in nature, and take in the sights, sounds, and smells around you. This can help ground you in the present moment and ease racing thoughts.

Elmbrook Psychiatry Offers the Best PTSD Treatment in Wisconsin

If you're experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you're not alone. An estimated 7.7 million American adults suffer from PTSD in any given year.

 

Elmbrook Psychiatry provides the best psychiatric mental health care for PTSD. We are experts in trauma-focused treatments for PTSD. We provide compassionate, individualized care to help our patients heal from their traumatic experiences and move on with their lives.