PTSD

Latitude Mental Health

Psychiatrist located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

When you have experienced a traumatic event that continues to affect your emotional or mental health, you may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles uses up-to-date therapeutic methods to help you cope with this type of anxiety disorder. For relief of your PTSD, call or book an appointment online today.

PTSD Q & A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder brought on by exposure to a terrifying or traumatic event. With PTSD, anxiety is severe and persistent and may affect your ability to work, form or keep relationships, or function in everyday life.

The triggering event could have caused or threatened serious harm or potential death to you or someone else. Traumatic events that can cause PTSD are physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, military combat, or witnessing someone’s death or severe injury.

Complications of untreated PTSD include severe depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, drug or alcohol addiction, or eating disorders. Effective treatment is possible and often necessary to successfully cope with your trauma and live a full, healthy life.

What are symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD can be complex and varied. How each person responds to traumatic events is unique to them, and your symptoms may not even be similar to those who may have witnessed the same event.

Those with PTSD often have:

  • Recurrent, vivid memories of an event
  • Nightmares related to the event
  • Avoidance of the discussion or sharing details related to the event
  • Avoidance of places or circumstances surrounding the event

You may also note changes in mood or behaviors, like:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Having negative or self-destructive thoughts
  • Showing extreme irritability or emotional reactions
  • Having difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Participating in self-destructive behaviors

Having some anxiety immediately after experiencing trauma is not unusual, and is to be expected. When your symptoms last longer than a month or affect your life significantly, it is important to seek professional treatment.

What treatments are available for PTSD?

Effective treatment for your post-traumatic stress disorder is possible and starts with a full, expert assessment by Dr. Hoes. He takes time to fully understand your symptoms and creates a customized treatment plan specific to you.

Usually, PTSD treatment involves medications, psychotherapy, or both. Medications can help relieve physical symptoms of your anxiety, while psychotherapy treats the underlying cause for your anxiety and equips you with healthy coping skills.

For a consultation regarding your PTSD symptoms, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hoes at Latitude Mental Health.  

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