Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic mental health disorder that can occur in people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. PTSD impacts millions of Americans every year, and many people will experience the disorder at some point in their lifetime. We are all different, so not everyone who shares the same trauma will develop PTSD or have the same post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
At Next Wind Recovery in New Jersey, we understand how the harmful effects of PTSD can make it difficult to carry on with your regular daily routine. Many individuals with PTSD frequently turn to drugs and alcohol to find relief from their PTSD symptoms. Use our online form or call 201.331.6569 to speak to our professional staff about our dual diagnosis treatment program for co-occurring disorders, where you can receive treatment for PTSD and substance use disorders simultaneously.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Following a traumatic event, it is normal to experience upsetting memories that might cause you to feel nervous or have trouble sleeping, among other symptoms. For most, these symptoms will decrease over a relatively short period. For others, though, the symptoms remain and may worsen with time. If this describes you or a loved one, you should seek professional help to see if you have PTSD.
It is not fully understood why some people develop PTSD and others do not. Having PTSD yourself or living with someone who has PTSD can be very difficult because triggers are often found throughout the environment. These triggers can be internal, such as a thought or feeling, or external, such as a sound, smell, or object.
The symptoms of PTSD can be as varied as the triggers and can also be confused with other mental health conditions. However, there are some common symptoms, including:
- Nightmares, night terrors, and other sleeping difficulties
- Flashbacks, sudden bursts of anger, and extreme moodiness
- Hypervigilance or being easily startled
- Avoiding people, places, or thoughts related to the trauma
- Experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
People who have PTSD that goes untreated are at a higher risk for developing substance use disorders and other mental health disorders that can further deteriorate their quality of life. While there is no cure for PTSD, there are treatment options that can significantly reduce the symptoms of PTSD to make it more manageable so individuals can resume regular functioning.
Recognizing Who Needs Treatment for PTSD
Understanding the cause of someone’s PTSD is vital in knowing how to treat it. Experiencing or witnessing traumatic events cannot be the only factor in developing PTSD because not everyone who has these experiences develops the disorder. Like many other mental health concerns, PTSD results from a complex combination of factors, such as:
- Inherited mental health risks
- Inherent personality traits
- Brain chemistry
- Stressful experiences
Certain risk factors that could cause an individual to be more likely to develop PTSD include:
- Childhood trauma
- Experiencing a severe injury or accident
- Having a job that increases your risk of experiencing traumatic events
- Surviving a dangerous situation
- Witnessing a death
- History of substance abuse or other mental illness
- Not having a solid support network
Individual and group therapy are highly effective in the treatment of PTSD. At Next Wind Recovery, we utilize various treatment techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. With professional help to properly process your trauma, you can learn to manage your post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and regain control of your life.
Contact Next Wind Recovery to Get Help for PTSD
Living with PTSD can be overwhelming and leave you feeling hopeless, but help is available. Overcoming PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders requires professional interventions. At Next Wind Recovery, we offer comprehensive evidence-based and holistic treatment for addiction and PTSD. Our flexible and customized scheduling guarantees that we can provide effective treatment without disrupting your entire life. To learn more about your treatment options, contact us today by using our online form or calling 201.331.6569.