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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

PTSD is a condition that may occur after you have experienced a traumatic situation or event. This event may have caused you to feel intense fear, pain, or sorrow. You may think you are going to get hurt or die. You may also continue to feel helpless after the event. These feelings affect your daily activities and relationships.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You think about hurting or killing yourself or someone else.

Call your doctor if:

  • You cannot sleep or are sleeping too much.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment

may include any of the following:

  • Medicines may be given to decrease anxiety, depression, or help you stay calm and relaxed.
  • Therapy may be done in a group or one on one with a therapist. Family and friends are also an important part of recovery.
    • Cognitive behavior therapy helps you learn to face the feared object or situation slowly and carefully. You will also learn to control your mental and physical reactions of fear.
      • During cognitive processing therapy , a therapist helps you identify which thoughts about the trauma cause anxiety. He or she will help you see the event differently. This may help you learn to change your thoughts and decrease your anxiety.
      • During prolonged exposure , a therapist helps you work through thoughts, feelings, and memories about the trauma. A therapist helps you learn how to handle your thoughts and feelings. This can decrease your fear or anxiety.
    • Talk therapy may be one or more meetings with a therapist to have crisis counseling. You may have this right after a traumatic event to prevent or decrease further emotional problems.
    • Relaxation therapy teaches you how to feel less physical and emotional stress. Stress may cause pain, lead to illness, and slow healing. Deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and music are some forms of relaxation therapy.
    • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of exposure therapy. Healthcare providers help you make your eyes move back and forth while you imagine the trauma.

For support and more information:

  • National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Phone: 1- 802 - 2966300
    Web Address: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Public Information & Communication Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
    Bethesda , MD 20892-9663
    Phone: 1- 301 - 443-4513
    Phone: 1- 866 - 615-6464
    Web Address: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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