POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, people often talk about memories or "flashbacks" of past situations, which overwhelm their response capacity and create difficulty in explaining and/or managing a given situation. People are subjected to great stress and anguish due to this fact and manifest a series of specific symptoms.
Traumatic events can refer to natural catastrophes, social tragedies such as wars or murders, history of aggression and violence in the family, illnesses or accidents.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
It is a mental disorder that manifests when a person has experienced traumas or stress factors.
What is a traumatic event?
It is an intense, unexpected negative event that arises suddenly and represents a risk to the physical or psychological integrity of a person. The consequences that it generates imply inability to face the situation, feelings of terror and of being helpless.
Is it common to this disorder after going through difficult or painful experience?
There are a series of triggers that increase the likelihood of presenting with PTSD, among them are: age in which the trauma occurs, having experienced the loss of a close loved one, the proximity of the person in the face of the event; that is, to what extent the person felt he or she had control of what was witnessed, the reaction of people close to him and if there was support following the event.
How long do the symptoms last?
The intensity and duration vary, with symptoms that can last several weeks or even years. People who have symptoms and have not received treatment can progress to a chronic state of the disease. If the symptoms have prevailed for more than 6 months, it is necessary to seek support with mental health professionals.
How does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder develop?
It develops from having personally suffered a traumatic event that causes terror or feelings of helplessness. The strong emotions caused by the event create changes in the brain that can lead to the development of the disorder.
Is it possible to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress long after the traumatic event?
Symptoms often begin soon after the traumatic event but may not occur until months or years later. They can also disappear and reappear for many years. Symptoms can be triggered by events such as, a mournful anniversary, a return to the place of a catastrophe, etc.
What complications can a person suffering from PTSD present with?
People can resort to substance abuse to "counteract" their suffering and decrease symptoms. People can also experience hardship trying to maintain any semblance of a routine due to the interference of symptoms suddenly appearing without warning.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.