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An estimated one in 11 people get diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within their lifetime. At Ultimate Psychiatry, with offices in Plano, Frisco, Pearland and Prosper, Texas, Shakil Tukdi, MD, and his expert mental health team can diagnose and treat PTSD to reduce unpleasant symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Schedule an evaluation with Ultimate Psychiatry by phone or book online today.
What is PTSD?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition characterized by flashbacks, severe anxiety, and nightmares associated with a terrifying or traumatic event. PTSD might occur after being in military combat or experiencing a natural disaster, automobile accident, or abusive situation.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
Common signs and symptoms of PTSD include:
- Recurrent, distressing memories
- Flashbacks, nightmares, or problems sleeping
- Severe emotional distress
- Avoiding triggers associated with traumatic events
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Relationship problems
- Feeling socially isolated
- Lack of interest in favorite activities
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Alcohol or drug misuse
- Always being on guard for danger
- Irritability or angry outbursts
If PTSD symptoms negatively affect your job, school, interpersonal relationships, or overall quality of life, see the Ultimate Psychiatry team for relief.
What are PTSD risk factors?
Past traumatic life events are the primary cause of PTSD. Your risk of developing the condition increases with long-lasting or intense trauma, having a high-stress job, or struggling with anxiety and depression.
Having a family history of mental health disorders, substance misuse, and a lack of a strong social support network can also contribute to PTSD.
How does my provider diagnose PTSD?
To diagnose PTSD and develop a solution, your Ultimate Psychiatry specialist reviews your medical history, asks about symptoms and past traumatic life events, completes a physical exam, and recommends a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. They work with you to personalize an effective PTSD treatment plan.
What are the common PTSD treatment options?
The team at Ultimate Psychiatry might recommend a combination of the following PTSD treatments:
Exposure therapy helps you face frightening situations or PTSD triggers. You might gradually get exposed to conditions that bring about PTSD symptoms to reduce the incidence of nightmares and flashbacks.
With cognitive-behavioral therapy or talk therapy, your provider helps you change thinking patterns and beliefs about past traumatic situations. They might pair cognitive therapy with exposure therapy to optimize your results.
Leading a healthy lifestyle optimizes PTSD treatment. Get plenty of sleep, reduce stress, eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, and don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs.
Your Ultimate Psychiatry provider can work with you to develop an effective medication regimen that reduces PTSD symptoms if other options fail.
If you struggle with PTSD and its symptoms, help is within reach at Ultimate Psychiatry. Schedule an appointment by phone or book one online today.