In spite of what the movies tell you, anyone can have post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. It can be triggered by natural disasters, experiences in war zones, an accident, an assault—any intensely traumatic, life-threatening event can cause PTSD. Some signs of PTSD include flashbacks, panic attacks, depression, or even a feeling of detachment from loved ones. It is critical for sufferers to be evaluated and then receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
At Arcara, both in our Boston and Westborough offices, the first step in PTSD treatment is diagnosis. We will conduct a thorough evaluation during which we’ll learn about your history, both medical and personal, including events that may have caused the PTSD. The next step in post-traumatic stress disorder treatment is a discussion of a care plan that will include lifestyle adjustments to diet and exercise as needed, coping mechanisms, relaxation techniques, and possibly, medication. Arcara specializes in medication management and we will fully discuss both the risks and benefits of any medications with you. If we prescribe medication, we will follow-up with you at scheduled intervals, monitoring your progress. Our goal is to work in partnership with you. If necessary, we have great relationships with local Boston psychiatrists and can provide referrals as needed.
PTSD can be a very lonely, misunderstood condition. Let’s be clear: it’s not just all in your head. PTSD can have a terrible impact on both your mental and physical well-being. If you believe you may be suffering from PTSD, don’t hesitate to call one of our two offices. The first step toward healing is diagnosis. After that, we can begin to support you in your journey to recovery.