Traumatic events affect how you think, feel, and behave, potentially leading to mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At A1 Medical & Behavioral Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, Angela Harvey, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, understands how trauma affects the mind and body and provides comprehensive care for those struggling with PTSD. Call or schedule your in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that develops in people after they go through a traumatic event, such as an accident, assault, or combat. Any traumatic event affects how you think and feel. But with the proper support, you can recover from trauma.
However, some people continue to have symptoms related to their trauma that get worse over time, instead of better, leading to PTSD.
PTSD symptoms vary in type and severity, but fall into four general categories. These categories include:
Flashbacks and nightmares are examples of re-experiencing symptoms in people with PTSD. The vivid images and intense feelings that occur during a flashback or nightmare make the experience feel very real.
In order to prevent re-experiencing symptoms, a person with PTSD may go out of their way to avoid the person, place, or situation that reminds them of their trauma.
People with PTSD may have a hard time recalling the events of their trauma and may feel depressed, anxious, or guilty.
Examples of arousal symptoms in PTSD include angry outbursts, self-destructive behaviors, and being easily startled.
For a PTSD diagnosis, you must have symptoms from each of the four categories.
You can expect a patient-centered evaluation when you meet with Mrs. Harvey at A1 Medical & Behavioral Health for help with your PTSD. She asks about the traumatic event and how it makes you feel. She reviews your medical and mental health history.
Mrs. Harvey also administers psychological tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. These tests may also identify co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
Mrs. Harvey takes a holistic approach to mental well-being, creating plans that heal your body, mind, and spirit. She customizes your PTSD treatment plan so you get the best outcomes.
Treatment for PTSD may include a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies like mindfulness and meditation. Mrs. Harvey uses GeneSight® DNA testing so she can personalize your medication management plan.
PTSD is a serious mental health condition that affects your personal and professional life. To get help for your PTSD, call A1 Medical & Behavioral Health or schedule your consultation online today.