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PTSD Counseling

PTSD Counseling in Elkhart, Indiana

Suffering a trauma causes pain in the moment, but it also has lasting effects. Sometimes, if you experience trauma you might develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD counseling can assist those who have been affected and help them live life to the fullest. Heart City Health’s Behavioral Health team in the Simpson office in Elkhart, Indiana offers PTSD counseling both in person and through telehealth.

Diagnosing PTSD

Anyone can develop PTSD, including war veterans, children of all ages, and people who have suffered through sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. However, diagnosing PTSD should be done by a professional, as they are able to get you the help you need.

Types of PTSD

There are two forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: complex and acute. Complex PTSD is characterized by a traumatic event in the past that continues on for months or even years after the traumatic event. However, acute PTSD occurs within one month of the traumatic event.

Common Symptoms

Many people affected by PTSD may not be aware they have it. There are ways to understand what might be going on with you and how you can best help the situation. Mayo Clinic provides a helpful list of the common symptoms of PTSD. These include the following:
Intrusive memories, which include distressing or unwanted memories of the traumatic event. This also includes emotional distress when a situation reminds you of the traumatic event.

Avoidance, which may include the urge to avoid certain situations and topics that remind you of the traumatic event.
Negative changes in thinking and mood. This includes negative thoughts, hopelessness, memory issues, numbness, etc.

If you are trying to conclude whether you suffer from PTSD, ask your doctor to help ensure the diagnosis is correct. Online tests can be helpful but are not thorough enough to conclude your diagnosis. A formal diagnosis by a licensed provider is the best course of action you can take.

Common Triggers

For every person diagnosed with PTSD, the triggers can vary. For example, if someone suffered in a traumatic event they might be triggered by watching other traumatic events happen. However, according to WebMD, some common triggers of PTSD include:

    • People
    • Thoughts and emotions
    • Things
    • Scents
    • Places
    • TV shows, news reports, and movies

Does PTSD Go Away?

Although PTSD does not necessarily last forever, it is recommended to get counseling or treatment as soon as possible. With the right treatment, you can gain a sense of control over your life once again.

Treatment and Medication

Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and medications are good ways to help you move toward the road to recovery. One of the foremost important treatments is psychotherapy. However, there are also numerous medications to help you recover as well.

Heart City Health provides its own on-site pharmacy for patients, and we’ll help you find and receive the right prescriptions for your health.

You Can Find Relief

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD, you can find all the help you need with counseling and medications at Heart City Health. In the Simpson office, Heart City Health has licensed providers who can provide robust, approved PTSD treatment. Regardless of your insurance status, we are here to serve you.