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For people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-care is essential. PTSD occurs when
an individual experiences the possibility or actual threat of serious injury, violence or death. It’s
an anxiety disorder that develops in response to that traumatic event.
PTSD can occur when someone experiences the causal event themselves or when they discover
that a loved one has been exposed or involved in the event. It can develop after repeated
exposure to traumatic events. PTSD is common among military personnel, first responders and
doctors, but can happen to anyone.
PTSD may begin shortly after a traumatic event or even years later. People may find that
they’re easily startled, are hyper vigilant for potential danger, and having difficulty
concentrating or sleeping. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs is common, along with
irritability or anger, and guilt or shame. Individuals often have difficulty in social, work and
interpersonal relationships. Developing ways to cope are an integral part of treatment.
Management Therapies
Managing PTSD is a multi-faceted process that requires the services of a mental health
professional. Individuals have a safe space to explore what triggers symptoms and ways to
address and cope with those reactions when they arise. It also encompasses treating associated
problems that may be involved, such as drug and alcohol misuse and depression. The exact
treatment program is personalized to the individual.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is extremely beneficial. Treatment can include
cognitive therapy to help people rid themselves of negative beliefs and thoughts. It can be
utilized with exposure therapy or event virtual reality programs to help people learn to cope in
situations that can trigger an anxiety response. Guided eye movement desensitization may also
be used. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed.
Strength and Help
Managing PTSD is different for everyone. Unfortunately, many individuals try to “tough it out.”
They may feel shame, guilt or fear being perceived as weak. Nothing could be further from the
truth. Strength lies in recognizing and understanding that there’s a problem and seeking help to
treat and manage the disorder.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

 Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.