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I Have Symptoms of PTSD: What Do I Do Now?

Sep 01, 2023
I Have Symptoms of PTSD: What Do I Do Now?
Do you find yourself reliving a traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, or constant anxiety? You could have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn about the signs of PTSD and what to do if you recognize them.   

Sometimes the challenges we face in life lead to traumatic experiences that deeply impact our mental well-being. One condition that can result from trauma is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

PTSD can leave you feeling trapped in your past experiences and struggling to move forward. If you or a loved one are dealing with symptoms of PTSD, you’re probably wondering what to do next. 

The psychiatric providers at Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc. in Midlothian, Texas, understand. We’ve created this helpful post exploring PTSD, signs it’s time to seek help, and the treatment options available.   

Understanding PTSD

PTSD is a mental health condition that usually occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It's a response to trauma that goes beyond the typical emotional reactions of fear, anxiety, or shock. 

People with PTSD frequently relive the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive memories. These episodes can be so vivid, they feel real and like they’re experiencing the event all over again. 

This can lead people with PTSD to go to great lengths to avoid anything that might trigger a memory of the trauma. As a result, people with PTSD can become detached from family and friends, develop negative beliefs about themselves or feelings of hopelessness about life in general, and a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed.

People with PTSD may also be constantly on guard, irritable, or experience sudden anger outbursts. They can also find it difficult to sleep or concentrate and may be easily startled or have physical symptoms, like heart palpitations or sweating. 

For a diagnosis of PTSD, symptoms must last for more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with daily life and functioning. Some people experience significant recovery within six months, while others may live with symptoms for much longer.

What to do if you’re showing signs of PTSD

PTSD symptoms can develop months — sometimes years — after the initial traumatic event. Recognizing the signs of PTSD is a crucial step in seeking help and beginning the path to recovery. The signs might include:

  • Depression: Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair
  • Distressing memories: Constant, intrusive memories of the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks: Vividly reliving the trauma as if it were happening all over again
  • Nightmares: Recurring nightmares related to the event
  • Memory issues: Difficulty recalling parts of the traumatic event
  • Trouble concentrating: Struggling to focus on daily tasks or responsibilities
  • Being startled easily: A heightened startle response to sudden noises or movements
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities: No longer finding joy in hobbies or activities once enjoyed
  • Relationship problems: Struggles with intimacy, trust, and communication in relationships
  • Avoiding people and places: Steering clear of situations or places that remind you of the trauma
  • Excessive drinking or substance abuse: Using alcohol or drugs to cope with the distressing symptoms of PTSD

If you recognize these signs in yourself or a loved one, reach out to a mental health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating PTSD. Early intervention can make a big difference in your recovery.

Treating PTSD

At Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc.,we understand the unique challenges that come with PTSD. That's why we provide personalized PTSD treatment plans guided by experienced mental health specialists. Here's what your custom-tailored treatment may entail:


Medication is one of the tools that can be used to manage PTSD symptoms. Our practice uses a modern pharmacological approach that may involve antidepressants, such as SSRIs and SNRIs to anxiety and depressive symptoms related to PTSD. Your provider discusses the most suitable medication options for your specific needs.

Talk therapy

Talk therapy, or psychotherapy, can be a vital part of PTSD treatment for some patients. Techniques like cognitive-processing therapy (CPT) can help you understand and change thought patterns that keep you stuck in the past. Working closely with a therapist, you'll develop strategies to cope with symptoms and rebuild your life.

Combined treatment

For many patients, a combination of medication and talk therapy often provides the most effective treatment for PTSD. This approach tailors the therapy to your specific symptoms and challenges, addressing both the underlying trauma and the resultant emotional and behavioral issues.

If you recognize the signs of PTSD in yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to reach out to our compassionate providers at Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc., in Midlothian, Texas. You can schedule an appointment at our Midlothian, Texas, office or choose a HIPAA-compliant telehealth visit.