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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • After a traumatic or life-threatening event, some people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During PTSD episodes, people relive the trauma in various ways against their will. Over time, symptoms may worsen.

    Diagnosing PTSD

    Belmont utilizes the PTSD Symptom Scale--Interview Version- a brief, 17-question interview - to identify your symptoms, confirm a diagnosis of PTSD, and determine your eligibility for treatment with prolonged exposure therapy (PE).

    Causes of PTSD

    It is unknown why one person will develop PTSD and others do not. Events that could cause PTSD include experiencing or witnessing the following:

    • Military combat
    • Sexual, emotional, or physical abuse
    • Life-threatening accidents, such as car accidents or transportation crashes
    • Natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, or hurricanes
    • Terrorist activities or violent crimes

    Every day events such as a backfiring car or watching a rape scene on TV could trigger you to relive your traumatic event.

    Symptoms of PTSD

    Symptoms of PTSD include:

    • Intrusive thoughts
    • Flashbacks
    • Nightmares
    • Withdrawing from activities or hobbies
    • Depression or a numb feeling
    • Startling easily
    • Emotional numbness
    • Extreme distress when reminded of the trauma
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Struggling to maintain close relationships
    • Hyper-alertness
    • Difficulty concentrating

    Individual Treatment Plans

    Belmont Behavioral Health’s multidisciplinary staff will formulate an individual treatment plan after a thorough examination.

    Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) to help you process the traumatic event and improve your coping will be utilized if our staff determines you are eligible.

    As a comprehensive mental health provider, Belmont offers a wide spectrum of therapies and treatments.

    Special treatment for addiction. For PTSD patients who also suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, Belmont offers co-occurring therapy.

    Medication. If necessary, psychotropic medications may be used in conjunction with treatment.

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    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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