How to Treat PTSD – Common Conditions That Can Cause This Disorder
The question of how to treat PTSD in adults is a common one for anyone who has suffered from this disorder. This is a serious condition and should not be ignored even though the underlying cause is probably different than with children or adolescents. As adults, we know that trauma is part of the developmental process, and most of us learned how to handle certain stresses that we encountered in our childhood better than we do now. However, when this becomes a consistent problem and gets worse, it is time to see a psychologist for help.
Some therapists recommend using medications to treat PTSD in adults, particularly if your loved one has been suffering for a long time. SSRI antidepressants are usually prescribed for these cases. They work by lowering the levels of serotonin in the brain, which helps to calm the person and prevent panic attacks. However, they also cause significant withdrawal side effects. Therefore, another option is to use cognitive behavioural therapy to treat this condition.
The goal of using psychoanalysis to treat PTSD in adults is to uncover the underlying cause of the traumatic event and figure out how to prevent the recurrence of similar events in the future. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from PTSD after a traumatic event, talk to your family doctor or mental health professional. They will give you a list of treatment options that include conventional medications, such as prescriptions, and alternative treatment methods, such as psychotherapy or hypnotherapy. Your primary care provider will make a referral to an appropriate psychologist or psychiatrist in your area.
Conventional treatments like prescription drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy require that the patient be open to taking their medications regularly. This can be difficult to do when someone has just experienced a traumatic event. For some people, it may be easier to switch to an alternate form of medication. This is why the use of pharmaceuticals like anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines can be limited in certain cases.
Modern and Alternative Treatment Options
A newer option for treating PTSD in adults is the use of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM). These are simple remedies that are used in conjunction with standard medical treatment to increase the effectiveness of the medical approach. One of the most common CAM therapies used in conjunction with medical treatment is the use of “tactical Neurotherapy” (TPN). Also known as “mentally healthy therapy”, tactical Neurotherapy combines relaxation techniques with exposure to stressful situations over some time. TPN is often recommended in conjunction with other CMM forms to maximize its effect.
Another alternative treatment for PTSD in adults is “trauma-sensitive yoga.” Using the “flow” method, trauma-sensitive yoga is designed specifically to reduce the physiological and emotional symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The goal of this therapy is to reduce the “fear response” that typically occurs when a person is faced with acute exposure to a triggering incident. For instance, if a person is in a parking lot arguing with a friend, and they happen to have a gun in their hand, the experience can trigger a “fight or flight response”, which results in the body experiencing high levels of anxiety. By learning the methods of “flow” breathing, and relaxation techniques such as yoga meditation, a trauma-sensitive yoga practitioner can teach their client how to control and redirect these responses so that they can be less likely to occur.
Mental Health Conditions
Many mental health conditions can bring on PTSD after a traumatic experience. However, the overwhelming majority of mental health conditions can be treated. In addition to psychotherapy, some patients find that they need to adjust their environment, especially their lifestyle. For example, if there has been a significant change in the location where they live, for a long time, it may be necessary to move to a new location to live and to seek counselling and support.
To successfully treat any mental health condition, the triggers involved must be identified. As well, the patient must be able to identify which behaviours or conditions cause the symptoms, and how to change those behaviours or conditions. Fortunately, there is support available in the form of family and friends, mental health professionals, and even self-help programs. Because these conditions are relatively common and can be managed daily, they can be successfully treated with a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.