Frequently Asked Questions About PTSD

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts the lives of millions of people and robs them of their ability to have peace of mind. The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating both physically and emotionally. Renewal Oasis understands that treatment for PTSD should include multiple types of therapy that empower each person to rise above their illness. We also offer access to prescription medications to help minimize the symptoms.

What are the 17 Symptoms of PTSD?

There are 17 common symptoms of PTSD to look for in someone suffering from this disorder. Not everyone will experience each one, but most people have at least a few of the following symptoms:

  • Easily startled
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Flashbacks
  • Isolating
  • Feeling detached from the world
  • Difficulty having healthy relationships with family and friends
  • Career and education impacted by the results of PTSD
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and social events
  • Memory loss
  • A pattern of acting aggressively or violently 
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty with anniversary dates of the traumatic event(s)
  • Attempts at reenacting aspects of a traumatic event

Is PTSD a Disability?

PTSD can become a disability for those who struggle with it. It can cause tremendous difficulty in their lives that affects their ability to work, go to school, or participate in everyday functions. As well, it can make it difficult to form bonds with people and enjoy healthy relationships with partners, family, and friends. All of these results fall under the heading of being a disability in a person’s life.

What is a PTSD Fracture?

People who have undergone severe psychological stress have a higher likelihood of experiencing fractures and broken bones. The damage can occur in the upper and lower extremities. 

What is C-PTSD?

Complex PTSD, or C-PTSD, differs from PTSD in one main way. PTSD results from a singular traumatic event, while C-PTSD occurs when a person experiences repetitive exposure to trauma. For example, a person who is the victim of repeated domestic violence or multiple military or wartime events may develop C-PTSD. The repetitive exposure causes C-PTSD to develop, rather than PTSD.  

Can PTSD be Cured?

PTSD is not considered to be a condition that can be cured. However, with the right treatment program, a person can reach the point where they are asymptomatic or only experience mild symptoms from time to time.

Does PTSD Go Away Over Time?

Whether or not PTSD goes away over time depends on the individual and the traumatic events. For many people, PTSD is temporary and the symptoms go away on their own. Other people find that their symptoms keep occurring, often at a high rate of severity. They require treatment for PTSD to help them overcome it. Without attending formal treatment, a person’s illness can continue for years or decades and get worse.

Is PTSD an Anxiety Disorder?

PTSD used to be considered an anxiety disorder but has since been reclassified as a Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorder. 

What to do When Someone With PTSD Pushes You Away?

When someone with PTSD pushes you away, try using the following approaches:

  • Let them know you are always available to talk or just listen to them
  • Do not judge their situation
  • Offer to help them find treatment
  • Volunteer to help with household chores or running errands
  • Let them know you understand they are suffering 
  • Remind them that they can get better 

Does PTSD Qualify for Disability?

Approximately 7-8% of people in the United States will experience PTSD at some point during their lives and not realize it can qualify as a disability. The medical and psychological community recognizes PTSD as a condition that requires focused care because of how intensely it can impact a person’s life. For this reason, having PTSD can qualify a person for receiving disability from the federal government.

Can PTSD Cause Memory Loss?

PTSD can cause memory loss for many people and can impact both their short-term and long-term memory. PTSD can cause a person difficulty in remembering the details of the trauma they experienced. As well, it can cause forgetfulness and an inability to retain details of recent events. 

How to Get Diagnosed With PTSD?

Someone interested in getting diagnosed to see if they have PTSD has a few options. They can make an appointment with their doctor or a therapist and ask for an assessment. They can also speak to an admissions staff member at a facility that treats mental health disorders to see if they qualify for treatment for PTSD. Once they receive a formal diagnosis, a treatment plan will be created to provide them with the specialized care they need. 

Contact Renewal Oasis About Treating PTSD

Have you been dealing with the difficulties of PTSD and want to find a quality program that helps you rise above this challenging disorder? Renewal Oasis offers both residential and outpatient levels of programs to help people learn to ease their symptoms of PTSD. Our skilled staff of therapists uses their experience and compassion to guide each person through effective therapies that give them back control of their lives.

Contact us now to find out how easy it is to get started on feeling better. Our admissions staff can answer any questions you have.