What is PTSD?

April 13, 2018

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It may be a natural disaster, war/combat, violent or personal assault, or a serious accident.

Although anyone can have PTSD, there are factors that increase one’s chance of having it. This includes having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event. Factors like traumatic exposure, gender, age, and stress level after the traumatic event can also affect the development of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD

Usually, symptoms of PTSD start soon after the traumatic event. However, there are cases on which the symptoms appear months or years later.

People with PTSD continue to have disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic event. It can be in the form of flashbacks or nightmares. It may also be through emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness.

People suffering from PTSD may also avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event or show strong negative response to something ordinary such as loud noise.

Managing PTSD Symptoms

People with PTSD can get better through psychotherapy and medications. If you are suffering from PTSD and tried these conventional treatments but failed, you have another option – TMS therapy.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe, noninvasive, and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like PTSD. It’s an in-office, outpatient method that uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain areas of the brain.

Unlike medications, TMS therapy is not associated with any undesirable side effects. The procedure doesn’t interfere with your activities so you can continue your daily activities right after your session.

If you want to find out more how TMS can help you with your PTSD symptoms, you can call us for a free initial consultation.