How does our site make you feel?
Great   Indifferent

Finding Relief from PTSD

Unfortunately, trauma is fairly common among Americans — approximately 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one trauma during their lives. For many, the event(s) can have a long-lasting effect, leading to a psychological disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder, which is commonly known as PTSD. In fact, about 8 million people in the United States have PTSD at any given time throughout each year.

At the Institute for Advanced Psychiatry, Dr. Diana Ghelber and our team understand the effects that PTSD can have on those who suffer from the disorder, often greatly limiting their abilities to function normally. Thankfully, we offer several effective approaches that can help you move on from your trauma to lead a happy and productive life.

Here’s a look at what PTSD is and how we can help you find relief.

PTSD 101

PTSD has long been associated with veterans of war, even earning the name “shell shock.” While soldiers are certainly more likely to experience trauma than civilians, PTSD can develop in anyone who’s experienced or witnessed trauma, regardless of their age, gender, or race.

While trauma may mean different things to different people, the most common causes of PTSD include:

Of course, not everyone develops PTSD after a trauma, but for those who do, we typically look for symptoms that fall into the following four categories:

The severity of PTSD can range from a mild nuisance to a debilitating condition that forces the person to retreat entirely.

Treating PTSD

After an extensive physical exam and psychological evaluation to determine whether you’re suffering from PTSD, and to what degree, our goal is to help release you from your trauma, which we can do with one or more of the following:

Psychotherapy

Also called talk therapy, this type of psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to process the trauma with us as we discuss the event, the effects it had on your life, and how you can move forward by reframing it.

Medications

If your PTSD is severe, we can explore whether medications may help you with some of the more severe symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.

Ketamine infusion therapy

This therapy uses the drug ketamine to offset treatment-resistant conditions like depression. We administer the therapy in our office and many of our patients experience near-immediate relief from their PTSD symptoms. 

If PTSD has a hold on your life, please contact our office in Fort Worth, Texas, to set up an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

3 Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex, and often misunderstood, mental illness that affects 4.4% of adults in the United States at some point in their lives. To help you better understand bipolar disorder, we review the three main types here.

Signs Your Low Moods Are Actually Symptoms of Depression

Everyone gets sad or upset from time to time, and these feelings can linger, especially when the precipitating event is a serious one, like loss of a loved one. But ongoing issues with low moods that taint every aspect of your life may be depression.

Is OCD Genetic?

When it comes to illnesses of the brain, there’s still much that’s not entirely understood, especially when it comes to causes. In the following, we explore whether there’s a link between genetics and OCD and what other forces may be at play.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

When it comes to bipolar disorder, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding the mental illness. Here, we’ve pulled together a primer on bipolar disorder to help you better understand this serious condition.