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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychiatric Mental Health Care, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Medication Management located in Westlake Village, CA

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) services offered in Westlake Village, CA

If you’ve suffered a traumatic experience and you have distressing memories that adversely impact your life, the team at State of Mind Wellness Center in Westlake Village, California, are here for you. Board-certified psychiatrist Priya Parmar, MD, and her skilled team diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to ease unpleasant symptoms and help you move forward in your life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature today.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Q&A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that occurs after a traumatic life event, such as an accident or abuse. Complex PTSD occurs because of ongoing, multiple, or extreme traumatic experiences and it’s usually more severe than other forms of PTSD.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Some of the common PTSD symptoms include:

  • Constant fear, worry, or anxiety
  • Getting started easily
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Distressing memories
  • Depression
  • Substance misuse
  • Always being on guard
  • Difficulty sleeping

See the team at State of Mind Wellness Center at the first sign of a problem to get the treatment you need, feel better emotionally, and reduce your chance of PTSD-related complications.

What are the risk factors for PTSD?

Undergoing trauma is the main risk factor for developing PTSD. Examples include a death in the family, physical or emotional abuse, or being in a natural disaster. You may also have PTSD because of participating in military combat or being a first responder. Any traumatic event can trigger PTSD symptoms.

How does my provider diagnose PTSD?

To find out if you have PTSD or complex PTSD and how to best treat it, your State of Mind Wellness Center provider reviews your medical history and asks questions about past traumatic life events. During a psychiatric assessment, they evaluate your moods, thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns to tailor a treatment that best suits your needs.

How is PTSD treated?

Some of the common treatments for PTSD include:

Lifestyle changes

Getting regular exercise, eating nutritious foods, avoiding addictive substances, and using stress-reducing techniques can ease unpleasant PTSD symptoms. 

Exposure therapy

Being exposed to trigger situations gradually over time can improve the way you respond to thoughts, people, places, or things associated with uncomfortable memories. 

Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR uses eye movements and exposure therapy to help you overcome distressing thoughts about trigger situations. 

Medicines

Taking ketamine or other medicines can ease unpleasant symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Psychotherapy

State of Mind Wellness Center offers talk therapy to teach you ways to overcome uncomfortable PTSD symptoms.

For help with PTSD, call the State of Mind Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.