Approximately 1 in 30 adults in the United States suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be a disabling condition stemming from a threatening or traumatic life event.
Since our brains are wired to alarm us to the presence of danger, having a physical and psychological response to trauma is normal. But when the upset feelings don’t fade away and turn into painful memories, nightmares and daily battles with anxiety vulnerability, that is the definition of PTSD. When left untreated, PTSD can ruin lives and even lead to depression and suicide.
There are plenty of things you can do to help treat symptoms of PTSD. Here are five ways to help you take back control:
Know for Sure
If you’ve suffered emotional trauma but are uncertain if you have PTSD, one way to know for sure is to take a PTSD Self-Assessment Test.
Read Success Stories
24.4 million Americans have PTSD which includes soldiers, police officers, victims of physical or sexual assault, and others who have had life-threatening experiences. Many people overcome their PTSD and share their stories. Sometimes hearing how someone else survived a tragedy can reduce the feelings of isolation and shame, while offering reassurance and hope. Read about Colonel Jill’s journey of healing here.
Find Community Support
Having a supportive community means that support is just a phone call, email or visit away. Spending time in a positive community of like-minded people is a wonderful way to boost your bliss hormones, such as oxytocin. Focus your energy on people who are positive and engage in healthy habits.
Try Proven Therapies
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy, not only helps to reduce symptoms of PTSD but also reverses the underlying biology of the disorder within the brain. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) may help reduce stress from traumatic memories and is particularly useful for people with a history of abuse.
Get an Accurate Diagnosis with a Brain Scan
Neuroimaging tools provide an objective measure of PTSD, which leads to better treatment and support. Brain SPECT imaging makes the invisible visible. It shows that symptoms and behaviors are not imaginary, which helps stop the stigma around mental health conditions.
Our Full Evaluation at Amen Clinics includes two SPECT images, a detailed clinical history, neuropsychological testing and a comprehensive evaluation with one of our doctors to target treatment specifically to your brain, using the least toxic, most effective means.
Don’t suffer from PTSD any longer. Call Amen Clinics at 1-888-288-9834 or schedule a visit today.