PTSD & Trauma Related Disorders Specialist

Custom Access Psychiatry

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

While approximately 70% of Americans experience a traumatic event during their lives, trauma is an extremely personal experience, and you don’t need to live through a situation as extreme as combat to develop trauma-related mental health symptoms, or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Custom Access Psychiatry in Chicago, the team provides compassionate and customized therapy to help you recover from PTSD and trauma and regain an active, fulfilling life. Call the office today or make an appointment online.

PTSD and Trauma

What is trauma?

Trauma is your psychological response to a distressing experience. While traditionally, trauma has been defined by extreme situations such as war, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, or rape and personal assault, you may also experience trauma from circumstances such as divorce, poverty, abuse, or childhood neglect.

How does trauma affect my mental health?

Unresolved trauma festers in your thoughts and emotions and can influence your behaviors, relationships, and ability to achieve your full potential. It’s common for patients to dismiss their trauma because it doesn’t seem significant or tragic enough to warrant the emotional response. As a result, you might feel ashamed of your feelings, which could contribute to or exacerbate your symptoms.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder that develops after you witness or experience a traumatic event, such as a mass shooting, horrors of war, or personal assault.

PTSD causes four distinct categories of symptoms:

Intrusive thoughts

Intrusive thoughts are repeated involuntary thoughts or memories. The flashbacks are sometimes so vivid that you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic experience.

Avoidance behavior

You may go out of your way to avoid people, places, or situations that trigger your intrusive thoughts and memories.

Negative thoughts

It’s also common to be plagued by negative thoughts with PTSD. You might feel that you are bad or that you didn’t deserve to survive the trauma. You may also develop a severe distrust of others or be unable to let go of feelings of fear, horror, or shame.

Heightened arousal

PTSD can also increase your emotional sensitivity, making you more irritable or prone to angry outbursts. You may also engage in risky behaviors or behave self-destructively.

How are PTSD and trauma treated?

At Custom Access Psychiatry, your provider works with you to help you explore and resolve your emotions around your traumatic event. They offer a variety of therapy modalities such as cognitive processing therapy or exposure therapy to help you learn to manage your memories, thoughts, and feelings.

Group therapy is often helpful for PTSD as it provides the opportunity to share your experience and discover that you’re not alone with your situation and condition. You may also benefit from medication, which can relieve your symptoms so that you can focus your energy on productive therapy sessions.

Call Custom Access Psychiatry or make an appointment online today for expert assessment and treatment for PTSD and trauma.