Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result after a person has experienced a significant emotional event that involves something extremely horrible or frightening. The event typically creates the belief that your life or the lives of those close to you are in danger. This may cause you to feel afraid or that you have no control over your life. If you are suffering from PTSD, we can help you reclaim your quality of life with personalized and caring PTSD treatment at our center in Billings, MT.
After experiencing a traumatizing event, you may feel upset, anxious or depressed. You may experience vivid memories, nightmares or panic attacks. As a result, the effects of PTSD may change your outlook as well as how you live your life. This can lead to relationship issues and problems with drugs or alcohol. If you think that you have PTSD, it is important that you seek treatment.
Therapeutic options in Billings include various forms of psychotherapy and medications. Your therapist can also help you to develop stress management skills designed to help you lessen stress and improve your ability to handle potentially stressful situations better. All these approaches are geared toward helping you to gain control over the lasting fears that you have after experiencing a traumatic event. Various PTSD treatment options that have proven beneficial include the following:
• Cognitive therapy helps you recognize certain lines of thought that keep you stuck. These may include negative feelings about yourself or the unsubstantiated belief that the trauma will happen again.
• Exposure therapy increases your ability to cope by helping you safely face memories and situations that trigger adverse symptoms without being fearful. This type of therapy is especially helpful in treating flashbacks and nightmares.
• Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy combines a series of guided eye movements with exposure theory to help you process traumatic memories in a healthier way. The therapy can change how you react to triggering situations.
It may be recommended that you engage in a combination of therapies for the best results. In some cases, medications like antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication or prazosin may be recommended to treat the condition. These prescription drugs can help with sleep disorders, nightmares and panic attacks.
You do not have to suffer alone. At Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center, we can help you regain control of your life with a PTSD treatment plan tailored directly to your needs. Our mental health specialist can discuss the cause of your symptoms and the types of therapy that may best meet your needs. Recovery does not mean forgetting past traumatic events. It means learning how to react to the trauma in an emotionally and physically healthier manner. By working together, we can improve your mood and overall quality of life. Contact our office in Billings, MT today to schedule your consultation and get started with professional PTSD treatment.