Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone and often develops weeks, months, or even years, after a traumatic event. With extensive mental health experience, the team at Aloha Integrative Health in San Diego, California, provides comprehensive diagnostic care and treatment for PTSD. Call the practice today or schedule an online appointment for individualized, compassionate care.

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It often causes persistent and intrusive symptoms that may interfere with your daily activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. These symptoms can disrupt your ability to function effectively, leading to difficulties in work, school, social interactions, and self-care.

What are the warning signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD symptoms can vary and may be subtle at first, but some of the most obvious warning signs include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance of memory triggers
  • Angry outbursts
  • Guilt
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trembling or shaking

PTSD can make concentrating, managing relationships, and engaging in daily activities difficult. Proper care is essential to manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What triggers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Any traumatic experience can trigger PTSD, such as:

  • Childhood abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Health problems
  • Losing a loved one
  • Witnessing death
  • Domestic abuse
  • War

There is no event too small for PTSD. Every person’s experience and trauma response is unique and a valid reason to seek mental health support.

How do you diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Diagnosing PTSD requires a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. After reviewing your family and medical history, your specialist at Aloha Integrative Health asks questions about your symptoms and issues questionnaires to compare them against the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. Gathering this information ensures a complete and accurate diagnosis.

Is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatable?

Aloha Integrative Health takes a holistic approach to PTSD treatment that addresses the condition’s underlying cause. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing PTSD symptoms. Your psychiatric provider works with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

The most effective treatments for PTSD include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-informed therapeutic techniques
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Ketamine infusion therapy
  • Nutritional management
  • Reiki
  • Stress management strategies

As your treatment progresses, your provider can adjust your plan to evolve with your changing needs.

If you experience PTSD symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek help. Call Aloha Integrative Health today or schedule an appointment online for quality care.