Traumatic events have the ability to shape the rest of our lives. In one way an experienced traumatic event can help guide us to find the silver lining, giving us the ability to adapt and keep growing. While in another way an experienced traumatic event can keep us stuck in a downward spiral that seems to never end. Which is exactly why finding a rehab for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as soon as possible is key to living your best life. When an individual goes through something traumatic it’s understandable to experience some symptoms of PTSD afterwards, sometimes described as an ‘acute stress reaction’. Experiencing feelings of numbness, having flashbacks, lack of appetite, or having trouble sleeping are all examples of acute stress reactions. While these after symptoms are normal, experienced help and treatment is necessary in resolving them for most people. Many people find that these symptoms disappear within a few weeks, but for symptoms lasting longer than a month, a diagnosis of PTSD may be given. Thankfully there are rehab centers, such as Omega Recovery, available to those who need and seek treatment for PTSD.
What Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD for short, is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. PTSD is a condition that can last upwards of months or years, with triggers that can further its effects even longer. These triggers can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Most often symptoms from PTSD can include heightened reactions, mood swings, anxiety, depression, nightmares, and flashback memories or avoidance of situations that bring back traumatic memories. Finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is important for finding successful treatment. Treatments for PTSD are different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage debilitating symptoms. In most cases a general practitioner will refer someone suffering from PTSD to a specialist before indication of severe symptoms. However, finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is again key before symptoms reach a severe level of concern.
Understanding The Diagnosis Of Having PTSD
If you or someone you love has been given a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) you or they may be given a scale of its severity. Anyone diagnosed with PTSD will be told they have mild, moderate, or severe PTSD depending on their symptoms. This also helps to explain the severity of impact the symptoms are having on the individual suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some of the different kinds of situations from PTSD may be described as:
Delayed-Onset PTSD – If your symptoms emerge more than six months after experiencing trauma, this might be described as ‘delayed PTSD’ or ‘delayed-onset PTSD’.
Complex PTSD – If you experienced trauma at an early age or it lasted for a long time, you might be given a diagnosis of ‘complex PTSD’. See our page on complex PTSD for more information.
Birth Trauma PTSD – This type of PTSD develops after a traumatic experience of childbirth is also known as ‘birth trauma’. We very often see birth trauma in women who have lost a lot of blood, for example, or who had to have an emergency C-section because their baby’s heart rate suddenly dipped. For other women, it is not always the sensational or dramatic events that trigger childbirth trauma but other factors such as loss of control, loss of dignity, the hostile attitudes of the people around them, feelings of not being heard or the absence of informed consent to medical procedures. This is why some partners, and even midwives, experience PTSD after seeing a traumatic birth.
Secondary Trauma – For someone who experienced some PTSD symptoms while supporting someone close to them who experienced trauma.
No matter the diagnosis, finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is very important. Omega Recovery understands this severity, which is why we are available at any time.
Why Finding A Rehab For PTSD Is So Important
Experiencing trauma is something that is inevitable with life, whether it be an unexpected event, being teased or rejected, or our first experience of losing a loved one. But just as everything in life comes with an opportunity to grow, so does the work in treatment for trauma. For some, family can help someone heal from trauma and its debilitating symptoms. But for others, PTSD may not even be actively known and therefore unprocessed as a direct result from our own subconscious survival instincts. For some individuals family support is just not enough which is why finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is key. There is a plethora of resources found online, tools available, and rehabs available for those seeking ways to heal from PTSD. And from a scientific standpoint, the sooner treated the better.
PTSD left unhealed or treated can have impacts on how an individual lives the rest of their life thanks to the brain. There are three parts of the brain, the Reptilian, Mammalian, and Neomammalian. When we experience trauma, the brain shuts down all nonessential systems and activates the sympathetic nervous system and the mammalian brain. To help us survive the trauma, the brain releases stress hormones and activates the flight or fight response. As the threat passes, the parasympathetic nervous system reactivates and all three parts of the brain start functioning again. Research shows that traumatic stress can interfere with this process, trapping the brain in “survival mode.” Emotional trauma can change the brain, which is why finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is important. Traumatic stress can change the brain’s delicate chemical balance and structure. These effects, which can impact the way we function, can be minor or severe depending on the type of traumatic stress we’re dealing with. Some people develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while others live with a heightened sense of anxiety, act impulsively, and have difficulty managing their emotions. All of these changes are symptoms that occur because of the way traumatic stress affects the brain.
Why Omega Recovery Is The Best Choice For A PTSD Rehab
Finding a rehab for PTSD as soon as possible is necessary to heal from the choking grips of an experienced traumatic event. The majority of people who experience a traumatic incident will experience shock, indignation, nervousness, anxiety, and even guilt. These are normal reactions, and for the most part, they fade away with time. However, for a person with PTSD, these feelings persist, becoming so intense that they prevent them from going about their lives as they should. When this happens, professionals recommend seeking a treatment center, or rehab, for PTSD as soon as possible. While hundreds of PTSD treatment centers exist throughout the nation, treatment options in Texas have been almost non-existent. But now that’s changed! Omega Recovery offers the best, evidence-based, most immersive and transformative PTSD treatment centers for young adults in the United States. We look forward to helping all those who walk through our doorway find their healing path toward recovery!