A person may develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after they experience a violent or threatening event or learn that a loved one has faced violence or trauma.
Although not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, those who do may endure a wide range of distressing symptoms, including memory difficulties, detachment, and painful negative thoughts. The National Institute of Mental Health says that people who have PTSD may continue to feel intense fear and stress even when they are no longer in danger.
Signature Psychiatric Hospital provides compassionate and empowering PTSD treatment at its locations in Liberty, Missouri, and North Kansas City, Missouri. We offer age-appropriate services for adolescents and adults, as well as dual diagnosis treatment for people who are struggling with mental health concerns and certain co-occurring addictions.
Signs & Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms usually begin shortly after the traumatic event, but they can also occur months or years later. When someone is struggling with PTSD, new experiences of trauma, reminders of past trauma, and daily life stressors may cause symptoms to return or get worse, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
The signs and symptoms of PTSD can include:
- Intrusive memories of the trauma
- Nightmares and flashbacks related to the traumatic event
- Sensitivity to things that remind you of the event
- Being jumpy or startling easily
- Trying to suppress traumatic thoughts and memories
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma
- Self-defeating beliefs
- Intense anger, shame, or guilt
- Difficulty functioning
- Poor concentration
- Feeling disconnected from others
- Sleep disturbances
- Unsafe behavior
After experiencing trauma, seeking support and taking steps to address your mental health can help you get back on your feet. However, if you find yourself struggling with ongoing distress that affects your daily life, you might be suffering from PTSD and may need specialized care to manage your symptoms and reconnect with your best self.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the following statistics on PTSD prevalence among U.S. adults:
- Around 3.6% of U.S. adults struggle with PTSD.
- Approximately 37% of people who suffer from PTSD experience serious symptoms.
- Women are much more likely than men to struggle with PTSD.
Additionally, the National Library of Medicine shares the following data:
- Between 61% and 80% of people experience a traumatic event.
- Around 5%-10% of the population develops PTSD following a traumatic event.
- PTSD prevalence rates vary across specific population groups.
Potential Effects of PTSD
PTSD has the potential to cause difficulties and distress in many areas of a person’s life. In particular, PTSD can limit opportunities and success in the areas of work, family, and social life.
Harmful effects of PTSD can include:
- Struggling to meet loved ones’ needs
- Trouble functioning at work or school
- Lower educational and work-related achievement
- Accidents and injuries due to risk-taking
- Reduced income
- Social difficulties
- Poor physical health
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
If you may be struggling with PTSD, it’s a good idea to seek treatment as early as possible so that you can protect your health, improve your functioning, and help prevent your symptoms from worsening.
Benefits of PTSD Treatment
Someone who is struggling with PTSD can experience overwhelming thoughts and emotions, including crippling fear and severe disconnection from people around them. However, with treatment, it’s possible to manage PTSD symptoms, learn strategies to cope with stress, and rebuild your sense of self.
During therapy, you can address the symptoms you’ve been suffering from as well as other broader challenges in your life, such as relationship and family struggles. You may also find support and validation in group therapy, where you can explore difficult topics in a nonjudgmental environment.
As part of the treatment and healing process, you can also take time to prioritize self-care and seek social support. Creating healthy routines and habits may also help you make progress toward long-term healing.
Choosing the Right Anxiety Disorder Treatment Center
Finding the right anxiety disorder treatment center can be incredibly intimidating. But as you follow your own unique path to improved health, one of the best steps you can take is finding a place that offers personalized treatment plans.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, we will guide you through a comprehensive assessment prior to admission that allows us to gain an understanding of your needs, strengths, and goals for treatment. We’ll use that information to develop a personalized anxiety treatment plan that offers you the best chance to live a more satisfying life.
Questions to ask when considering an anxiety treatment place include:
- How does the admissions process work?
- Are there multiple levels of care that can help me progress in my healing?
- Will I receive a personalized treatment plan?
- What type of clinical professionals will I work with?
- What happens when treatment is over?
Signature Psychiatric Hospital offers multiple levels of care to help you take the next step on your healing journey. With a streamlined admissions process, a staff of clinical experts, and detailed aftercare planning, we strive to provide comprehensive care in a welcoming environment.
Choosing the Right PTSD Treatment Center
PTSD signs and symptoms can look different for different people, and the symptoms that cause you the most distress will often be unique to you. For this reason, it’s helpful to find individualized care that can support you on your personal healing journey.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, we offer adult inpatient PTSD treatment at our Liberty and North Kansas City, Missouri, locations. You may seek care at one of our PTSD treatment places by completing a health assessment, which can help us determine the level of services that may be appropriate for you. We offer complimentary assessments seven days a week, which are available in person at our North Kansas City location or by phone.
At Signature, each patient follows an individualized treatment plan that reflects their unique needs. They also receive care from a multidisciplinary treatment team, which may include licensed clinical social workers, case managers, and nurses, among other behavioral health professionals.
Therapies Used in PTSD Treatment
At Signature’s inpatient PTSD treatment center, adults who are suffering from crisis symptoms can begin the healing process in a safe, supportive environment. Your individualized treatment plan at Signature Psychiatric Hospital can include:
- Individual, family, and group therapies
- Medical care and medication management services
- Elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the 12-Step model of recovery, as appropriate
- Aftercare support, including recommendations for step-down services at Signature
Additionally, our Valor program offers specialized inpatient treatment for active-duty military members, veterans, and first responders who are struggling with behavioral health concerns such as PTSD.
Living with PTSD can be lonely and exhausting. However, by seeking appropriate care and receiving treatment, you can work toward a happier, healthier, and more rewarding life.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital.