Mauricio Garcia Jacques, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Integrative Physical Medicine located in Houston, TX
Months or even years after a traumatic event in your life, flashbacks, and nightmares may appear that make you feel like it all happened just yesterday. These are symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that the team at iACHE in Houston specializes in treating. If you’re interested in getting help for your PTSD and learning to cope with your past, book an appointment, with Garcia Jacques Mauricio, MD, and his team at the EMG Center, Galleria, or North Houston location by phone or online today.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition kick-started by a traumatic event in your past. Over the years, PTSD has had several names: shell shock and combat fatigue are both wartime names for the condition, which often appears in soldiers after they witness or participate in combat. Today, experts know that the condition isn’t just linked to war and can appear in anyone, regardless of the type of trauma they experienced.
If you have PTSD, you experience intense feelings and vivid images of your trauma that make you feel as if it’s still happening or it just happened. Even after months or years of living life normally, trauma can reappear in the form of PTSD that makes you relive the emotions that surrounded the event.
What causes PTSD?
Any form of trauma, emotional or physical, can lead to PTSD. Occurrences that cause PTSD for some people include:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Being held at gunpoint
- Witnessing a violent crime
- A car accident
- Seeing other people injured or killed
- Natural disasters
- Losing a loved one
In some cases, trauma arises from simply hearing about a traumatic event, like the horrific death of a loved one, in detail.
How can I tell if I have PTSD?
The symptoms of PTSD vary among patients and often come and go. They can begin to appear immediately after the traumatic event or lay dormant for months or years before showing up. Your PTSD might cause:
- Vivid flashbacks or nightmares
- Trouble concentrating
- Avoidance of things that remind you of the event
- Anger or irritability
- Self-destructive behaviors
If you notice such symptoms and experienced trauma at some point in your life, seeking PTSD treatment can help you learn to overcome the fear, guilt, anger, and sadness that lasted well beyond the event.
How is PTSD treated?
PTSD symptoms respond very well to treatments like psychotherapy and medications. At iACHE, the team assesses your PTSD to come up with a treatment plan that includes several factors.
Along with personalized psychological counseling, your provider at iACHE may recommend ketamine infusion treatment. Ketamine helps rebuild lost and damaged neural connections within your brain. These connections can help your brain function as it would have before the trauma and alleviate symptoms like flashbacks, intense emotions, and trouble concentrating in the long term.
If PTSD causes you to relive the worst moments of your life, don’t hesitate to call iACHE or book an appointment online today.