What is PTSD?
If you have experienced some kind of trauma in your life, it can cause psychological symptoms a while later. These psychological symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, irritability, anger, aggression, substance abuse, hopelessness and guilt. Often these symptoms develop as a response to being physically or sexually abused, being in combat, being the victim of a violent crime, or witnessing such events. The symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder usually develop 4-6 weeks after the actual trauma and can surprise the sufferer who thought that they have moved on. If you are suffering from PTSD, getting help in very important as these symptoms can severely interfere with your quality of life and well-being. The good news is, we can help. New York Behavioral Health professionals use evidence-based practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for PTSD, there is good reason to believe your problems can begin to improve very soon.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with PTSD
CBT along with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy has been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD. Warm, caring, professionals can offer CBT therapy in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located on Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street. Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your suffering. We also work with experienced and knowledgeable psychiatrists if we determine that medication could be helpful. We know it is not easy to get started, but we are here to help you get on the path to a better life. For information about CBT therapy, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your problems and their treatment.
If you are interested in more technical details about PTSD, please continue to read below, but at any point feel free to call us if we can be of help.
Definition of PTSD
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), although considered by the DSM-IV-TR to be an anxiety disorder, has many symptoms other than anxiety. PTSD develops in response to a traumatic event such as physical assault, abuse, sexual assault, combat, or witnessing such events.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms exist across numerous domains including intrusive thoughts, images, and memories; avoidance; and intense emotions.
Specific symptoms could include:
3) thought suppression or avoidance
4) emotional suppression
6) avoidance of loved ones and support systems
11) hypervigilance and heightened startle response
12) intense guilt
13) addiction (alcohol and drug abuse)
Treatment of PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for PTSD have demonstrated very high success rates. Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy have both been empirically supported by a number of scientific studies. Many of these studies found efficacy in as few as 12 sessions.