PTSD

Compass Mental Health & Wellness

Integrated Psychiatric and Family Medicine Practice & Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Houston, TX

About one in 11 people live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without proper diagnosis and treatment, PTSD can negatively affect your quality of life, keeping you from work or spending time with the people you love. At Compass Mental Health & Wellness in North Houston, Texas, Luciana Thompson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Anna Lander, FNP-BC, and the team specialize in PTSD treatment. Both providers are veterans who understand the unique health challenges their colleagues in the military face. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that occurs after witnessing or being involved in a terrifying event like an automobile accident or natural disaster. It’s characterized by flashbacks, feelings of severe anxiety, and nightmares.

If you experience a traumatic event, it’s normal to have some difficulty adjusting. If your symptoms persist, get worse, or last for months or years, you may have PTSD. 

There’s no cure for PTSD, but with diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to reduce symptoms and improve your overall function.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD affects everyone differently. Common symptoms include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares
  • Negative thoughts about yourself or the world
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling emotionally numb


If you have PTSD, you might also notice that you’re easily startled or frightened, have trouble sleeping, or experience difficulty concentrating.

When should I see a doctor about PTSD?

If you experience a traumatic event and find yourself having disturbing thoughts or feelings about it for more than a month, make an appointment at Compass Mental Health & Wellness. 

Receiving an accurate diagnosis and undergoing treatment can prevent the symptoms of PTSD from getting worse or interfering with your daily life.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

To diagnose PTSD, the team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, does a psychological evaluation, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. 

Don’t be afraid to discuss these topics honestly. All of the information gathered during your appointment is completely confidential and serves as a foundation for your treatment plan.

How is PTSD treated?

Compass Mental Health & Wellness treats PTSD using a holistic, integrative approach. This usually includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medications, and psychotherapy.

The goal of PTSD treatment is to help you regain a sense of control over your life. This includes gaining new skills to manage your symptoms, learning ways to cope when symptoms arise and getting treatment for other associated problems. Many people with PTSD also suffer from depression and anxiety.

By treating the underlying cause of your PTSD, it’s possible to limit flashbacks and other uncomfortable side effects.

For expert PTSD treatment, call Compass Mental Health & Wellness or book a consultation online today. 

 

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