Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic act or event such as a violent attack or assault, a serious accident, a disaster, or an act of war or terrorism, can produce troubling feelings and thoughts long after the incident that triggered them. This is often referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, which affects some 15 million people every year.
If you feel direct or indirect exposure to a traumatic incident is having a lingering effect on your mental health and well being, the psychiatrist at Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center can help. As a medical doctor specializing in the field of mental health, our psychiatrist is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat people suffering from PTSD. Our office provides a safe and secure space for our patients to heal from the painful thoughts and memories that have continued to recur. Through our work together, we shall build a foundation of coping and behavioral skills that are crucial to the healing process.
PTSD is associated with disturbing thoughts and feelings, and the person sometimes relives the trauma through nightmares and flashbacks. Pervasive feelings of sadness and anger are common, along with tendencies to detach from people and to avoid any place or situation that is associated with the traumatic event.
Our psychiatrist’s work with PTSD patients begins with an assessment of their physical and mental symptoms. The evaluation process may include a physical examination and laboratory testing in order to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that includes talk therapy and potentially medication. Behavior and emotion modification techniques and group therapy may also provide valuable improvements.
It’s important to understand that you’re not alone in struggling from the powerful emotions unleashed by a traumatic event. Our psychiatrist at Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center has the training and experience to guide you toward a place of safety and healing. Please contact us today for a confidential appointment.