PTSD

Creative Care

Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Mental Health Treatment Located in Woodland Hills, CA & Calabasas, CA

It’s normal to feel afraid or nervous during and after a traumatic experience. In time, most people recover. However, for some, the traumatic event causes a variety of symptoms that affect their quality of life, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The experienced team at Creative Care, with facilities in Calabasas, and Woodland Hills California, offers an inpatient treatment program for the management of PTSD to help you regain control over your symptoms and your life. For help, call us today.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after a traumatic event. It’s normal to develop feelings of fear or unease after experiencing something terrifying.

While most people recover from a traumatic event without it interfering with their everyday lives, some people have a more difficult time and develop symptoms that affect their mood and behavior. With PTSD, you may feel stress or fear even when there is no danger.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Your PTSD symptoms may develop soon after the incident or years later. To be diagnosed with PTSD, your symptoms must last a month or more and interfere with your relationships and responsibilities. Symptoms are divided into categories and include:

Re-experiencing symptoms

Re-experiencing symptoms include flashbacks and nightmares.

Avoidance symptoms

If certain people or places trigger symptoms, you may avoid them, which may cause a change in your personal routine that can affect your everyday life.

Arousal and reactivity symptoms

If you’re easily startled or experience angry outbursts, then you may have arousal and reactivity symptoms.

Cognitive and mood symptoms

The traumatic event may impair your memory of the event and affect how you view yourself, resulting in what’s referred to as cognitive and mood symptoms.

The intensity of your symptoms can vary and may flare-up during periods of stress.

What are the risk factors for PTSD?

PTSD doesn’t occur in everyone who goes through something traumatic. You’re more at risk of the mental health condition if:

  • You lived through a traumatic, life-altering event
  • The trauma occurred during your childhood
  • You were injured or you saw someone else injured
  • You have little emotional support
  • You need to manage additional stress after the traumatic event

Getting help early after a traumatic experience may help you learn the coping skills needed to prevent the onset of PTSD.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

Treatment for your PTSD includes medication and psychotherapy. The experienced team at Creative Care offers a comprehensive inpatient treatment program to provide the ongoing care you need to recover from your PTSD. Your treatment may include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Professional observation
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy
  • Yoga
  • Expressive art therapy

Because PTSD affects everyone differently, your treatment plan is individualized to meet your specific needs to help you reach your therapeutic goals.

For compassionate care for your PTSD, call Creative Care today.