Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
It can be difficult to pinpoint the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you think or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD, it is important to get professional help. Comprehensive therapy services can treat this condition and ease the fear and anxiety associated with it.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that results from a terrifying event. People with PTSD may have experienced harm, or seen it inflicted on a loved one or strangers. After the event is over, people with PTSD continue to experience fear and anxiety that can impact their ability to cope with daily life.
People often associate PTSD with soldiers returning from war. However, a wide range of traumatic experiences can lead to PTSD in children and adults, including:
- Child abuse
- Natural disasters
PTSD treatment at Henry Ford: Our approach
At Henry Ford, we use a behavioral-cognitive approach to PTSD treatment. We gradually increasing exposure to fear and anxiety so you can learn to manage that anxiety, re-engage in daily activities, and emerge with greater freedom of action your daily life. We work closely with you improve your sense of safety and ability to cope with anxiety.
We tailor our treatment programs to every patient. Here’s a general idea of what you can expect:
- We use a group setting so all participants – all of whom have been traumatized in one way or another – receive mutual support, see others make progress (thereby increasing hope and outlook) and receive reinforcement for your own efforts.
- Between sessions we ask you to practice both exposure and cognitive techniques to make the treatment real in their daily lives.
- You can expect to attend between eight and 16 sessions, and may be seen for follow-up either individually or in the group itself.
- Most patients continue to see a psychiatrist who prescribes medications demonstrated to be effective in reducing trauma-related anxiety.
PTSD treatment in children and teens
We understand that children who experience or witness traumatizing events require specialized care, tailored to their age group and specific needs. We do not treat children and teens with PTSD in an adult setting.
Your child will see a psychiatrist who is board-certified in pediatric psychiatry and fellowship trained. That means, you can feel confident that the specialist treating your child has special training working with children and teens and has even attended additional years of school to specialize in this area.