Trauma Treatment Centers
There are two types of trauma that we usually experience in the course of our lifetime. An accident or intentional assault or where injury or damage to a biological organ is caused from an external source can result in physical trauma. Psychological trauma, on the other hand, is the damage caused to our mental condition due to a distressing event, upsetting emotion, and constant fear of physical or emotional danger.
While physical trauma can also result in long-term damage such as bodily disability or chronic pain, psychological trauma can have more destructive and tragic outcomes even way beyond the passage of the event. Some experiences we encounter that cause psychological trauma are sexual violence, abuse or neglect, car accidents, the death of a loved one, or exposure to violence of war and natural disaster.
A look at PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) first came to national attention when a Vietnam veterans group convinced the American Psychiatric Association to classify it as a mental health condition. Prior to being elevated to widespread notoriety, the disorder was casually referred to as war shock, battle fatigue or shell shock. It was characterized by images of camouflage -wearing homeless men who acted dazed and disoriented in US streets. Having been exposed to horrifying and extremely stressful situations during wartime, these former soldiers suffered from anxiety, flashbacks, depression and suicidal tendencies for unreasonably long periods of time.
While closely associated with returning war survivors, studies show that 3.5% of the general US population will suffer PTSD in any given twelve-month period and 37% of these are classified as severe. More men are likely to experience traumatic events but a disproportionate number of women develop PTSD due to sexual assault because statistically, more of them suffer from this crime. This high PTSD incidence in women is attributed to the fact that sexual assault leads to PTSD more than other forms of trauma.
How to determine symptoms of trauma and PTSD
According to the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, if a person displays the following symptoms for at least one month after witnessing a traumatic or physically threatening event or after having known the loss of a loved one, they are experiencing trauma:
- Negative mood and cognition symptoms. They display loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed. They find it difficult to remember the details of the traumatic event and there is a change in their habits and behavior.
Treatment for Trauma and PTSD
Since trauma and PTSD are considered as a mental health issue, psychotherapy is the accepted form of treatment. Therapy helps victims make sense of their situation, understand their feelings and experiences, develop plans for their survival, health, and well-being, establish healthy coping mechanisms and identify resources and support.
There are conflicting results of many studies regarding the correlation of PTSD and suicide but it has been concluded that PTSD symptoms aggravated by other mental triggers and disturbances can lead to suicide. And there is no more tragic end to a person’s life than self-initiated destruction. In a sense, therapy seeks to address these tendencies before it is too late and provide sufferers a reason to live and search for happiness and a better quality of life.
Different types of therapy to cure trauma
Many types of therapy have been developed through long years of mental health study.
Cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are some of the most common. Other forms of therapies are also available and are sometimes employed in conjunction with certain prescription drugs such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers to manage the mental challenges posed by PTSD. The overall objective of these clinical applications is to help patients come back to their original state of mind and address the existential questions that arise as a result of the traumatic experience they went through.
Introducing Chiron and the many ways we can help
Chiron are a dual diagnosis complex and we provide state of the art facilities conducive to therapy and personalized care and in-patient accommodation or long-term therapy and intensive out-patient attention for trauma victims. We utilize evidence-based practices measured by our own research staff as we remain at the forefront of innovation and development of mental health care.
We are fully aware that dual-diagnosis disorders, trauma, grief, pain, anxiety, depression, and bi-polar disorders contribute to many forms of addiction. Inversely, substance abuse can also be a form of coping mechanism for PTSD sufferers. Our professional and highly trained psychiatrists have the experience to identify symptoms and provide adequate mental care treatment including group therapy and personalized aftercare programs to address traumatic disorders. This is the key to Chiron’s industry-leading success rates and prominence as the top mental health care facility in Florida.