If you have anxiety, flashbacks, or nightmares because of a traumatic experience, you could have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Karma Doctors & Associates in Palm Desert and the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the compassionate psychiatry team diagnoses and treats PTSD to reduce unpleasant symptoms and help you live your best life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of mental health condition caused by a past traumatic event. It can lead to unpleasant symptoms and feel crippling in some cases. If you struggle with PTSD and want symptom relief, the experts at Karma Doctors & Associates are here for you.
The symptoms you could develop because of PTSD include:
Your symptoms might be mild or severe. They could result because of military combat, physical or sexual abuse, a natural disaster, or being a first responder.
While the cause of PTSD is a traumatic or stressful situation, certain factors increase your risk of developing the condition. Examples include:
You can’t prevent PTSD if you’re at risk of developing it, but seeking treatment at the first sign of a problem may reduce your chance of experiencing debilitating symptoms.
To determine if you have PTSD and develop a treatment plan, the experts at Karma Doctors & Associates discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits, and symptoms. They complete a psychiatric assessment by asking a series of questions about past traumatic experiences and your mood, thoughts, and behavior patterns.
The Karma Doctors & Associates team could use blood tests or saliva samples during pharmacogenetic testing to determine which medications, if any, best suit you.
To treat PTSD, improve your mood, and restore your quality of life, the Karma Doctors & Associates team may recommend a combination of treatments. They might choose medication management, lifestyle changes, meditation, dietary supplements, or transcranial magnetic stimulation (noninvasive electromagnetic nerve stimulation).
Your specialist helps match you with a psychotherapist who offers cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and other types of therapy designed to minimize PTSD symptoms.
The Karma Doctors & Associates team personalizes a treatment plan and can make changes to it if necessary to ensure highly effective results.
To get relief from PTSD symptoms, call the Karma Doctors & Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.