PTSD

Collaborative Behavioral Health

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center located in Skokie, IL

In the United States, 50% of women and 60% of men experience a trauma at least once in their lives. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs after someone has gone through such an event. Experiencing trauma doesn’t automatically mean you will develop PTSD, but factors out of your control may make you more susceptible. Collaborative Behavioral Health, located in Skokie, Illinois, has providers trained in managing and treating PTSD who help you understand your symptoms and triggers. Schedule an appointment today by calling one of the offices or using the online booking tool.

PTSD

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms vary from person to person, but those that are common to all include:

  • Re-experiencing the event through flashbacks and intrusive memories
  • Avoiding talking or thinking about the event
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Permanent state of hyperarousal
  • Mental health issues – phobias, depression, and anxiety
  • Destructive or self-harming behavior
  • Physical symptoms – headaches, stomach aches

 

If you’ve been through trauma and are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek advice from a medical professional.

What causes PTSD?

Not everyone who goes through a traumatic event experiences PTSD. If trauma happens to you directly as opposed to being a witness to it, you’re more at risk of having PTSD. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse that leads to PTSD. In contrast, men are more likely to experience a disaster, physical attack, and combat. 

Certain events are more likely to trigger PTSD than others, including:

  • Natural disasters 
  • Being a victim of a crime or witnessing one
  • Being involved in or seeing a severe vehicle collision
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault

 

Some careers have also shown a higher propensity to expose those working in them to situations more likely to cause PTSD, including:

  • Military personnel
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • First responders
  • Health care professionals
  • War correspondents
  • Photojournalists

 

No one ever knows if they’ll have PTSD following an event, and whether they do or not is firmly out of their control. If you’ve gone through any of these experiences and want to talk to someone, make an appointment with a certified professional at Collaborative Behavioral Health who is trained in managing and treating PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

When treating PTSD, the goal is to help the person cope with the event that triggered their disorder, reduce the symptoms they experience, and improve their day-to-day functioning. A PTSD-trained therapist prescribes medication, psychotherapy, or both.

Medication

Depending on the nature of their patient’s PTSD, practitioners usually prescribe antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or blood pressure medication.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy treatment draws from various other therapy practices and techniques, including family therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy.

PTSD doesn’t have to control you. Work with one of the experienced providers at Collaborative Behavioral Health to successfully treat and manage the symptoms and get back to doing the things you love. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.