It’s not unusual to have a heightened sense of fear and anxiety following a traumatic event. However, with the right support, those feelings resolve over time. But with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the fear and anxiety worsens. The team at Zeam Medical Group in Roseville and Folsom, California, offers comprehensive, evidence-based care for PTSD. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today. Telehealth appointments are available.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops after someone goes through a traumatic or life-threatening event.
Any traumatic experience triggers your fight-or-flight response, which is how your body protects itself from harm. It involves the release of your stress hormones, which increase your alertness, blood pressure, and heart rate.
These physiological changes may make you feel more on edge and fearful. Over time, these feelings subside. However, in people with PTSD, these feelings continue and get worse.
PTSD symptoms fall into four categories. These include:
Flashbacks and nightmares are examples of PTSD re-experiencing symptoms.
Avoiding situations or people that remind you of your trauma are avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may affect how you live your day-to-day life.
Always feeling tense or on edge, jittery, or being easily startled are examples of arousal and reactivity symptoms in people with PTSD.
Cognition and mood symptoms of PTSD are negative symptoms that change how you think, feel, and behave. You may feel guilty about your trauma or have a hard time remembering the details of the event.
PTSD symptoms usually develop about four weeks after the traumatic experience. However, it’s not unusual for symptoms to take years to occur.
If you have lingering anxiety following a traumatic experience that affects your work life or relationships, the team at Zeam Medical Group can help.
You can expect a comprehensive, patient-centered exam during your PTSD consultation at Zeam Medical Group. The mental health team performs psychological testing to better understand your thoughts and emotions.
They may also recommend you see one of their primary care providers for a physical exam to rule out a health condition that might explain your symptoms.
The Zeam Medical Group team customizes your PTSD treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms. Treatment may include:
No single treatment works for all people with PTSD. The team works closely with you, developing a plan that helps you recognize your symptoms and create strategies to improve how you manage them.
PTSD is distressing and disabling. But with the right help, you can feel better. Call Zeam Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.