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Conditions & Treatments

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic or life-threatening event, some people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is unknown why one person will develop this disorder and others do not. PTSD can be caused by experiencing or witnessing traumatic events such as:

  • 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

After the initial trauma, an everyday event such as hearing a backfiring car or watching a rape scene on TV could trigger you to re-live your traumatic event.

Symptoms

Typical 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

Diagnosis

We utilize 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 programs with prolonged exposure therapy (PE).

Treatment

Examples of PTSD treatment offered by Einstein include:
  • 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.
  • Individual and Group Therapies: We offer mental health counseling programs that provide a comfortable and confidential environment for patients to discuss their disorders. Our experienced facilitators help participants  reach resolutions on issues they've experienced.
  • Medication: If necessary, psychotropic medications may be used in conjunction with PTSD treatment options.

Training & Education

At Einstein, we have clinical expertise in mental health and are actively invested in resident education.

We also offer graduate-level internships in mental health fields such as psychology and social work. Programs are available through area colleges and universities such as Bryn Mawr College, University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle University and Widener University. For additional information about internship opportunities, please contact:

Brian Gallagher, Psy.D.
Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
gallagbr@einstein.edu
215-456-9892


Accreditation & Partnerships

 

Joint commission gold seal

Licenses

  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
  • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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