Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder services offered in Doylestown and King Of Prussia, PA

Past traumatic experiences can significantly diminish your quality of life when not properly addressed. At P.S. Psychiatry in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Eileen Peirce, RN-BSN, PMHNP-CRNP, and the team treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to help you overcome recurring traumatic thoughts. Call the office to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Q&A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a mental health disorder that develops after a traumatic life event. It can cause problems by negatively affecting your mood, thoughts, behaviors, and overall quality of life. You might develop PTSD due to childhood abuse or other traumatizing experiences, but professional treatment helps you overcome barriers preventing you from living your best life. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Ongoing fear
  • Being startled easily
  • Feeling scared of loud sounds
  • Intrusive or terrifying thoughts
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Always being on guard
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Substance misuse 

PTSD can cause problems at work, school, or in family relationships when not addressed or treated. 

What can cause PTSD?

The following traumatic experiences may contribute to developing PTSD symptoms:

  • Natural disasters
  • Military combat
  • Being a first responder
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Witnessing abuse
  • Experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Being in a car accident
  • Being in a fire
  • Being attacked by an animal 

The severity of the traumatic event you experience affects which PTSD symptoms you have. See a P.S. Psychiatry provider at the first sign of consistent distressing memories, flashbacks, nightmares, or anxiety.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

To diagnose PTSD and effectively treat your condition, your provider asks about your symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, and past traumatic events. They also discuss your thoughts, moods, emotions, behaviors, and more before tailoring a treatment plan. P.S. Psychiatry offers genetic testing to determine which medications are likely best for your personalized needs.

How is PTSD treated?

P.S. Psychiatry offers an array of treatments for PTSD, including:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Other forms of psychotherapy 
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition and wellness coaching
  • Combinations of treatments

Your specialist might meet with you weekly for 60-minute sessions in the office or virtually from the comfort of your home or office. 

They tailor each treatment to your needs and preferences and follow up with you to ensure outstanding results. They may simultaneously treat additional mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or substance use disorder.

Schedule an appointment at P.S. Psychiatry by phone or book one online today to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).