Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Help for PTSD at Lukin Center Expert PTSD Treatment in Northern New Jersey Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can happen after someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event, like a natural disaster, assault, military combat, car accident, or life-threatening situation. People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience the feelings and emotions associated with trauma long after the event has passed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can disrupt regular life and interfere with day-to-day functioning for months or years after the event, causing flashbacks, nightmares or intense emotions like anger and fear. It can also lead to other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, memory problems, eating disorders, or suicidal thoughts. PTSD at a Glance A reaction to a traumatic situation in the past Can cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts Experiencing feelings and thoughts associated with trauma long after the event has happened Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, mood disturbances Specialized CBT therapy is a proven, effective treatment One in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Lukin Center can help. Not every person who experiences trauma will develop PTSD symptoms. It’s normal to feel on edge or afraid after something unsettling happens; if those feelings last longer then a few months, you might be dealing with PTSD. If you or someone you love is struggling after a trauma, it’s important to connect with a specially trained Lukin Center clinician who can help diagnose the issue. Your PTSD therapist can help you manage the symptoms of PTSD, improve your day-to-day coping and functioning, restore your feeling of self-worth, and get your life back. What are the Symptoms and Treatments for PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people of any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Sometimes, people don’t develop symptoms until days or months after the event. PTSD symptoms are grouped into four types, and are different for each person: Intrusive Memories Repeated, unwanted thoughts that won’t go away; reliving the event through nightmares, hallucinations, or flashbacks. Sometimes a flashback can feel so real it’s as if you’re living the trauma again. Avoidance Avoiding people, places, objects, or situations that remind you of a traumatic event. Trying not to trigger upsetting memories can take a lot of time and energy, interfering with daily life, damaging relationships, and leading to isolation. Changes in Thinking and Mood Negative emotions about self and others; trouble remembering the traumatic event; feelings of shame, fear, guilt, or anger; detachment from friends and loved ones; difficulty experiencing joy or satisfaction; lack of interest in things you used to enjoy; hopelessness. Changes in Reactions Being irritable or easily angered; angry outbursts; aggressive behavior; easily startled; difficulty concentrating; self-destructive behavior; heightened suspicion of people and surroundings. How can Lukin Center Help Me with PTSD Treatment? At Lukin Center, our team of specially trained therapists can help you or your loved one learn to manage the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and develop coping skills to enjoy life again. If you suffer from PTSD symptoms, your Lukin Center Therapist will build your individual treatment plan on a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven treatment for PTSD. CBT and its related modalities help you learn to recognize and change thought patterns that can trigger the feelings and behavior associated with PTSD symptoms. Depending on your symptoms and situation, your Lukin Center therapist might also incorporate Family Therapy, and/or Eye Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Your therapist might also suggest an effective technique called Prolonged Exposure Therapy, where you will remember and relive traumatic events in a safe, controlled space. In the care of a trained therapist, PET can help you gradually work through your fears and become more comfortable with your own memories. Don’t wait to get help for PTSD. Lukin Center clinicians must maintain the highest possible degrees and certifications in their fields, including best practices in treating PTSD in adults and children. As one of the largest mental health therapy practices in Northern New Jersey, Lukin Center gives you access to more highly trained therapists and a broader range of specialties, so you can get exactly the help you need. We’ll help you connect with the right mental health professional to get the results you want.