Often associated with the military or with survivors of violent attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by memories of specific events. While some cases of PTSD begin soon after the event, some people may go years without any symptoms.
While PTSD may affect people differently, common symptoms include flashbacks, bad dreams, mood issues, avoidance behavior, heightened startle response, and difficulty concentrating.
Cottonwood has several approaches to treating PTSD, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). When appropriate and safe, we may also incorporate exposure therapy where the client is led through the process of dealing with negative emotions caused by the trauma.
The most common treatment for PTSD is a combination of medication (such as anti anxiety medicine and antidepressants) and CBT. Some individuals with PTSD may find other forms of treatment that work best for them. As with other anxiety disorders, proper diet and recreational therapy can help reduce PTSD symptoms.
At Cottonwood, our PTSD program uses a combination of evidenced-based treatment methods and holistic options that help survivors move on from painful memories.
Some of our specialized trauma services include: