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When to Get Help for PTSD
A person who experiences PTSD is at an increased risk for both immediate and long-term effects, therefore it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment for this condition can cause the already troubling symptoms of PTSD to become worse and lead to the onset of further devastation and turmoil. People suffering from PTSD often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as self-harm, substance abuse, detachment from friends and family and inability to remain in school or in the workforce. The symptoms of PTSD can often leave people incapable of performing daily tasks, staying on top of responsibilities or adhering to obligations. This can also cause a person to fall behind at work and potentially lose their financial stability.
When you think you are experiencing PTSD, it is important to go to a trauma treatment center where a healthcare professional can help diagnose your symptoms through mental health screenings as well as physical exams. Fortunately, PTSD is treatable, and by getting help from professional healthcare workers at a PTSD treatment facility, the detrimental symptoms can be successfully avoided. After treatment you can go on to live a happy, normal life without having to worry and stress about the traumatic event that you can eventually leave behind and cope with in a healthy manner.
Our trauma treatment center in California offers many different therapeutic techniques to overcome PTSD as well as to prevent future symptoms from arising.
Introduction and Overview of PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder/mental health condition that may occur in people who have either experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and then go on to have lingering symptoms after the fact. People with PTSD experience intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the terrifying event or situation that happened in the past.
Symptoms of PTSD may be experienced within one month of a traumatic event, but at times symptoms may not begin to appear until a year or years after the event. This is due to a person’s ability to suppress these emotions and by completely blacking out the event itself, and then over time the memories begin to resurface. PTSD symptoms are typically grouped into four categories, including intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking or mood, and changes in the way you physically and emotionally react to certain situations. Symptoms may also vary depending on the individual person as well as the severity of the event that took place.
Intrusive memories may include reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening all over again, otherwise known as flashbacks, recurrent and unwanted distressing memories of the event, severe emotional or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event, and disturbing dreams or nightmares of the traumatic event that may affect a person’s ability to fall or stay asleep. Symptoms of avoidance may include avoiding people, places and/or activities that may remind you of the traumatic event or trying to avoid thinking about or talking about the event. Some symptoms of mood changes include hopelessness about the future, difficulty remembering things or aspects of the traumatic event, difficulty maintaining close friendships and relationships, having negative thoughts about yourself or the world, feeling detached from friends and family, lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed, emotional numbness, and difficulty experiencing any positive emotions. Some symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions include always feeling on guard for danger, overwhelming feelings of guilt or shame, irritability or angry outbursts, aggressive behavior, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling easily startled or frightened and participating in self-destructive behavior.
PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time, and it is important to recognize when you are at the point where you need to seek help. If you are experiencing lingering disturbing thoughts and feelings about the traumatic event for more than a month, getting treatment as soon as possible is imperative to prevent symptoms from worsening. Enlight Treatment Center is a PTSD and trauma treatment center in California that offers a controlled environment for those who are suffering from any type of trauma disorder that may be impacting a person’s ability to function properly throughout their daily lives.
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What to Expect in a PTSD
Rehab in California
At our PTSD treatment center in California, we are dedicated to making sure our clients remain successful throughout the recovery process during and after receiving treatment at our facilities. We believe in individualized treatment plans that are catered to meet the specific needs of each of our clients. Treatment planning is a collaborative effort between clients and our talented and dedicated staff of trained psychologists, therapists, and doctors. Our mission is to make the treatment process as well as the outcome of the treatment positive and long-lasting. We will help build self-esteem, bring about positive reform with regards to our patients’ relationships with others, productivity performing at work, school or home, and the ability to carry out and maintain a healthy way of living.
PTSD and complex trauma can be difficult to treat within a limited timeframe, however we do so with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when appropriate and depending on the severity of the condition. EMDR is an interactive psychotherapy treatment used to relieve psychological stress from victims of trauma. This treatment helps by helping you recall distressing events while your attention is being diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories without having a strong physiological response, which works by lessening the severity of emotional response tied to that specific memory over time. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that modifies thought patterns in order to change moods and behaviors. CBT is based on the idea that actions or feelings are the result of current distorted thoughts or beliefs, not unconscious forces from the past. CBT is a short-term approach, and other therapies may require several years to reach discovery and treatment.
At our Ventura County treatment center, we believe in bettering your physical and mental well-being as a whole in order to reduce feelings of post-traumatic stress and incorporate feelings of calmness, balance and routine into your daily lives. All of these different therapies are offered at our rehab for trauma in California.
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Enlight’s PTSD Treatment Center in California
It is highly important to seek help from our PTSD rehab. As soon as you are aware that you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, you will want to seek treatment in order to avoid long-term, lingering effects that can go on to disrupt your daily life and have a severe negative impact on your future. Enlight Treatment Center has a staff of qualified therapists and psychologists who are here to assist in curing your current state of trauma by working together with you on ways to better your condition and help create lesser reactions to bad memories moving forward.
Our trauma treatment facilities in California provide a safe space where you can feel comfortable to work on your state of being and build a future alongside our talented staff of health care professionals. Our staff’s main goal is to provide a structured environment. We want you to leave treatment feeling like yourself again.
Enlight Treatment Center’s inpatient rehab in California is here for you every step of the way. You will feel 100% supported by our staff from the initial diagnosis, to your treatments and therapy, and to receiving the tools you need to overcome your trauma. We understand how challenging it can be to initially seek help for PTSD, and we want to ensure that you experience long lasting progression after you leave our PTSD rehab. We will help create a personalized aftercare plan for you with recommendations on continued care. Some examples of aftercare include continuing treatment in an outpatient setting, taking certain medications, or attending support groups.
Our trauma treatment center in California offers multiple programs that can be individualized to best meet the specific needs of each person. We know a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment isn’t effective. We understand firsthand that the effectiveness of each treatment is dependent on the individual. Upon arrival we will ensure that your treatment plan is specific to you and your trauma.
If you or one of your loved ones is dealing with PTSD, please contact us today at our dual diagnosis center in Ventura County. Our caring and compassionate staff will help you get on a path towards improving your overall mental well-being. Enlight Treatment Center is a trauma treatment center in California where you can come to heal from experiencing symptoms of PTSD today and in the future.
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