Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


A century ago, World War I veterans returned home from war with a condition called “shell shock.” World War II veterans suffered from “combat fatigue.” We now refer to the disorder as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but we also understand that anyone who has experienced a significant trauma can develop PTSD.

Those traumas include surviving a natural disaster, a serious car accident, terrorist attack or mass shooting, as well as a violent personal assault, such as rape. In fact, more women are diagnosed with PTSD than men.

Symptoms of PTSD fall into four broad categories:

Treating PTSD
Simply telling someone to just “get back on the horse” after a trauma isn’t helpful. People who have been diagnosed with PTSD usually need a combination of medications to alleviate or stabilize symptoms along with therapy. As with other disorders, PTSD can be accompanied by other conditions. It’s essential to get a professional diagnosis for any other conditions, such as substance use or depression, so that they are also addressed.

Contact Saginaw Psychiatry to schedule an appointment and begin changing your life.