PTSD Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, the emotions, fears, and memories associated with it can trigger intense and disturbing flashbacks that disrupt your behavior and your life in a condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If a trauma in your past is disrupting your life today, contact the expert psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, for assessment and treatment today. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

PTSD Q & A

South Texas Mental Health Associates

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that develops when a traumatic event causes long-term negative effects, including intrusive thoughts, negativity, and avoidance behaviors. PTSD was originally known as shell shock and combat fatigue because the symptoms and behaviors were initially noticed and diagnosed in service people during and after World Wars I and II. The condition is characterized by reliving the event in flashbacks, anxiety, and disruptive emotional patterns and behaviors.

If you experience a traumatic event like a natural disaster, mass shooting, or sexual or personal assault, it’s common and normal to have these symptoms in the days and weeks following the event. However, over time, these symptoms should slowly decrease and disappear. PTSD occurs when flashbacks, nightmares, and other symptoms last for months or even years after the event, causing significant distress and disruption to your normal activities.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms typically develop in four different categories. Each person has a unique experience and these symptoms present in a spectrum of severity. You may not experience everything listed or you may have symptoms not included in this list.

  • Intrusive thoughts, memories, dreams, or flashbacks that are so vivid you feel like you’re reliving the trauma
  • Avoidance behaviors like staying away from people or places that remind you of the trauma or suppressing thoughts or memories
  • Negative thoughts about yourself or others involved in the event, like survivor’s guilt or anger, fear, and shame
  • Abnormal reactions like angry outbursts, being easily startled, or sleep disorders

How is PTSD treated?

The team of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates provides a detailed consultation and thorough assessment before creating a patient-focused customized treatment plan to reduce your PTSD symptoms. While each person has different needs, treatment plans for PTSD typically include a combination of medication and therapy. For example, you may benefit from psychotherapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to learn to recognize your thoughts and feelings and learn to respond in different, healthier ways.

If you or someone you love is living with PTSD, call or schedule an appointment online today.