Virginia is home to a number of military bases; soldiers and sailors learn their jobs and train to be sent overseas for months in Virginia before heading to the Middle East. Oftentimes, these troops return home to Alexandria, VA with issues of anxiety, depression and extreme stress in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental health issue is one that affects not just the patient but the whole family as well.
Families in Alexandria, Virginia can find the PTSD treatment they need to heal after deployment by calling us at the phone number listed above.
Is Your Family Member in Alexandria, VA Living with PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress syndrome can strike military members who have seen combat but it can also strike others in Alexandria, Virginia, who have been the victim of an assault, the witness to an attack or in a natural disaster. Not everyone who experiences one of these events develops PTSD, but those who do have symptoms that are divided into three categories. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), these include:
- Avoidance symptoms. Choosing not to go to the place where the event happened or to places that are similar, feeling “checked out” or emotionally distant, excessive guilt or worry, a lack of interest in hobbies and events that were once fun, or “blacking out” memories of the event are all symptoms of avoidance.
- Re–experiencing symptoms. Flashbacks, nightmares that detail the original experience, and scary or obsessive thoughts about the event can disrupt your ability to focus on current tasks, whether it’s sleep, work or being present at home. These can be triggered by reminders of the event, including certain sounds, words or experiences.
- Hyper-arousal symptoms. Those who are easily started, often feel on guard or on edge in anticipation of attack or “bad” things happening, explode in angry outbursts with little provocation, or have a hard time sleeping at night may be experiencing hyper-arousal symptoms.
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We can help you find the treatment you need for PTSD for you or your family member. Contact us today. Back to: Virgina Mental Health Treatment Directory.