Welcome to PATH Behavioral Healthcare, your reliable guide for your mental and behavioral health journey. We serve all age groups across Ohio, Louisiana, and Utah, and today, we're delving into an important subject: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our goal is to offer greater clarity about this often misunderstood condition so you can better understand it and take steps to manage any symptoms you may be experiencing. At PATH Behavioral Healthcare, we're here to support you on your journey to better mental and behavioral health. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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What Is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health disorder that can be triggered by a traumatic event, whether it be direct or indirect exposure. Those suffering from PTSD often struggle to disconnect from the distressing memories they have experienced and can live in a perpetual state of fear and anxiety as a result.

Direct exposure to trauma can lead to PTSD, but so too can indirect exposure, such as learning about the violent death of a loved one or continual exposure to details of trauma. It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD and to seek help if needed.

Who’s at Risk?

When it comes to PTSD, it is important to recognize that any traumatic event can be the potential cause. However, certain factors can increase one’s risk, such as enduring long-term trauma, childhood neglect, job-related exposure to traumatic events, mental health conditions like depression or anxiety, lack of a supportive social network, and a family history of mental health disorders. It is essential to be aware of these risks and take the necessary steps to protect yourself.

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Symptoms of PTSD

Individuals with PTSD often experience a wide range of symptoms that can be grouped into four categories:

intrusive memories


negative changes in thinking and mood

and changes in physical and emotional reactions

These symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on daily life, making it difficult to complete normal responsibilities and disrupt everyday routines. The intensity of the symptoms and the distress or impairment they cause can be debilitating, and individuals suffering from PTSD should seek professional help to manage them.

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How It’s Treated

PTSD treatment is a complex process that typically involves psychological and medical therapies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of treatment for PTSD, as it helps individuals identify and change the negative thought patterns that lead to fear and anxiety. Another effective tool in the treatment of PTSD is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

By engaging in rapid, rhythmic eye movements, EMDR helps diminish the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. Both CBT and EMDR are powerful tools in the treatment of PTSD, helping individuals to address and manage the symptoms of the disorder. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help.

While PTSD is a challenging disorder, it's important to remember that it is treatable, and you're not alone. At PATH Behavioral Healthcare, our trained professionals are equipped to provide the necessary support and treatment. We are committed to helping you regain control of your life. If you or a loved one are grappling with PTSD, get in touch with us today.