When trauma affects you long after it happens, you could have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you think you have this condition, the team at CBH can help. Our PTSD psychiatrists can evaluate your symptoms and help you find a treatment that improves your well-being.
What Is PTSD?
Individuals who deal with traumatic events or experiences can develop PTSD. This disorder causes symptoms like anxiety and intrusive memories of the trauma. Some of PTSD’s effects have an obvious link to the event. For example, you can have flashbacks, nightmares or unwanted memories of what happened. Meanwhile, other symptoms of PTSD change behavior. They include unconscious actions like avoidant behavior, sleeping problems and irritability.
How Can Behavioral Health Care Help My PTSD?
The issues associated with PTSD can get in the way of daily functioning and cause distress. PTSD treatment can help you:
- Change negative thought patterns
- Feel less anxiety and depression
- Get a better night’s sleep
- Improve focus
- Have more balanced moods
- Understand your behaviors
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy at CBH
PTSD psychiatrists at CBH use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and its variants to relieve symptoms. The types of therapy we offer to patients with PTSD include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): In CBT, the therapist and patient work together to change the thoughts underlying the patient’s feelings and behaviors. PTSD can cause unhelpful thinking that makes it difficult to function. CBT challenges those thoughts to help the patient cope better in everyday life.
- Cognitive therapy: During cognitive therapy, the therapist and patient reframe the patient’s memories of the trauma. Together, they discuss the patient’s evaluations of their memories and figure out how to look at them in a productive way.
- Prolonged exposure therapy: In prolonged exposure therapy, the patient has gradual encounters with trauma-related triggers. Therapists provide this service when the patient has avoidant behaviors. Over time, the patient learns that the trigger is safe and that they do not need to avoid it.
Some of our patients with PTSD also receive antidepressants to manage their symptoms. Your psychiatrist will discuss whether they recommend them.
Telepsych Services Available for Remote Patients
The telemedicine team at CBH provides care over the internet to patients who are homebound and/or remote. You can receive therapy and treatment for PTSD over a video call in the comfort of your home. Contact our office to find out if you qualify telemedicine therapy for PTSD.
Let Us Help You
We can assist you on the journey to a better life. CBH, VA, works with patients in the Washington, DC metro area, including northern Virginia and Maryland. Our Bethesda location is now accepting appointments in addition to our Arlington location, get in touch with us using our online form or at 703-812-4642 to book an appointment today.