Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is triggered by a terrifying event. This mental illness is characterized by flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts related to this event that was either personally experienced or witnessed. Most people may have temporary difficulty coping with fear and anxiety associated with the traumatic event. PTSD affects approximately eight to ten percent of individuals throughout their lifetime or 7.7 million American adults. Still, within time and with healthy coping skills, these individuals will usually overcome their fear and anxiety.

Signs and symptoms associated with PTSD:

  • Repetitive, unwanted distressing thoughts and memories related to the traumatic event
  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event (flashbacks)
  • Frightening dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities, and people that remind you of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Being easily startled
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or aggressive outbursts
  • Increased arousal and hypervigilance

Complex PTSD

Complex posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as CPTSD is similar to PTSD. Instead of witnessing or experiencing one traumatic event, the individual is exposed to repeated trauma over months or years. Signs and symptoms of CPTSD include those of PTSD with some additional symptoms, which include the following:

  • Unable to regulate emotions
  • Out of body experiences, emotional detachment, and dissociation
  • Guilt or shame
  • Difficulty with interpersonal relationships
  • Distorted perception of the abuse, which can turn into an obsession or the need for revenge
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What causes PTSD?

Although many veterans may have posttraumatic stress disorder (approximately 30% of individuals who have spent time in combat develop PTSD), this diagnosis can affect anyone who undergoes or witnesses a traumatic experience. The following are traumatic experiences that have been associated with PTSD:

  • A natural disaster such as a fire, earthquake, hurricane
  • A deadly pandemic
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Refugee camps
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Witnessing a death
  • Traumatic accident or injury
  • The unexpected loss of a loved one

Who is at risk for developing PTSD?

  • War veterans
  • First responders
  • Individuals who have inadequate support after the traumatic events
  • Individuals who have poor coping mechanisms
  • Individuals who have a co-occurring mental health disorder
  • Individuals who have borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
  • Individuals who have low self-esteem

PTSD treatment: how we can help

Treatment for PTSD includes both medication management and psychotherapy approaches. It is important to identify and treat any co-occurring disorder associated with PTSD, as many individuals will turn to drug use and alcohol to mask their PTSD symptoms and are at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety.

The following are psychotherapy approaches are used to treat our PTSD clients:

  • Eye movement desensitization (EMDR)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Play therapy
  • Prolonged exposure therapy

The goal of therapy is for the individual to be able to remember the trauma without the emotional charge that once accompanied the event. By separating the traumatic event from a wide range of negative emotions, the individual can live a healthier life without the intrusion of flashbacks, nightmares, fear, and distressing thoughts.

AKUA Mind & Body treatment program

AKUA Mind & Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with PTSD and other mental health and substance use disorders related to trauma. AKUA Mind & Body also treats co-occurring disorders and works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder. We have a specialized trauma treatment track specifically for individuals who are dealing with addiction and mental health disorders related to past traumas.

AKUA Mind & Body offers Detoxification, Residential Treatment, Outpatient Programs, and an Aftercare/Alumni Program. AKUA Mind & Body uses a blend of holistic approaches combined with evidence-based treatment to help individuals who have been affected by past trauma recognize their underlying triggers and develop healthy coping skills. Regardless of where you are in your recovery process, AKUA Mind & Body can help provide a solid foundation for healing and recovery.

Insurance Coverage

AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Humana, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellen, HMC Health Works, Tricare, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi Plan, Triwest.

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The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.

Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.

No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.

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