Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a highly stressful event – whether experiencing it personally or witnessing it. While most people experience difficulty adjusting and coping with terrifying, stressful, or devastating events, people are typically able to overcome the experience through good self-care. However, some people find that symptoms related to a stressful event last for months or even years, interfering with their daily activities and having debilitating effects on their moods, relationships, and life. Those who suffer from extended stress may have PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may start within a month of a traumatic event, but some people do not experience symptoms until years later. PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four categories and can vary from person to person.
- Intrusive memories: Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the event; flashbacks where a person relives the traumatic event as if it were happening again; upsetting dreams or nightmares about the event; severe emotional distress or physical reactions when something reminds the person of the event.
- Avoidance: Avoiding talking about or thinking about the traumatic event; avoiding places, people, or activities that bring reminders about the event.
- Negative changes in thinking and mood: Hopelessness about the future; negative thoughts about self or other people; difficulty maintaining relationships; feeling detached from family and friends; lack of interest in things that were once enjoyable; feeling emotionally “numb.”
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions: Being easily startled or frightened; always being “on guard” for danger; trouble sleeping; trouble concentrating; irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior; self-destructive behavior, such as driving too fast or drinking excessively; thoughts of suicide; overwhelming guilt or shame.
PTSD symptoms can intensify over time. If you are experiencing disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, it is time to talk to a doctor.
At Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles, Dr. David Mahjoubi offers IV ketamine infusion treatment to treat PTSD. This alternative treatment for PTSD can help you feel at peace again. To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation.
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