Personalized Care & Treatment for PTSD in Williamsport, PA
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of mental health disorder that may develop after living through or seeing a shocking, dangerous or horrific event. Frequent PTSD symptoms often include persistent, frightful thoughts, memories or flashbacks of the event. People with PTSD may feel chronically numb to normal emotions.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD and need answers, speak with an experienced behavioral health specialist at UPMC. We offer care based on your individual needs and personal experiences to help treat and manage the effects of PTSD in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.
The symptoms of PTSD are characterized by extreme mental, emotional and physical distress in situations that bring back reminders of the traumatic event that triggers the condition. Some people with PTSD may relive the trauma in the form of nightmares and recollections of flashbacks throughout the day.
In general, PTSD symptoms may include:
- Avoidance of certain places or situations that bring back memories
- Being easily startled
- Feeling detached or numb
- Feeling irritable, more aggressive than before, or even violent
- Feeling jittery or "on guard"
- Loss of interest in things they previously enjoyed
- Sleep problems
- Trouble feeling affectionate
The length of PTSD varies from person to person. Speak with behavioral health specialist at UPMC if you experience these symptoms.
Post traumatic stress disorder is triggered by traumatic events. The likelihood of developing PTSD depends on the severity and duration of the experience, and the person’s proximity to it.
Events that trigger PTSD may include:
- Something that happened in a person’s life
- Something that happened in the life of someone close to the person
- Something witnessed by the person
Traumatic events, such as severe accidents, military combat, natural disasters and violent personal attacks, may cause the onset of PTSD.
At UPMC, treatment for PTSD will depend on a variety of personal factors and the severity of the condition. Persons with PTSD are more susceptible to other anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse. Treatment may include medication (antidepressants or anxiety-reducing medications) and psychological treatment (individual or group therapy).
Behavioral health specialists at UPMC offer treatment and provide ongoing support for PTSD in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.