Healthy Mind Psychiatry
Board-Certified Psychiatrist located in Valencia, CA
Going through a traumatic or stressful event can dramatically change your life. If you’re one of the 8 million people in the United States with post-traumatic stress disorder or any other trauma-related condition, you can find comprehensive, compassionate help at Healthy Mind Psychiatry. At the psychiatry office in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, board-certified psychiatrist Ananya Sreepathi, MD, takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing your PTSD symptoms so that you can live a healthier, happier life.
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders Q & A
What are trauma- and stressor-related disorders?
Trauma- and stressor-related disorders develop after a stressful or traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common types of mental health disorders that follow trauma.
Trauma can trigger persistent symptoms of depression and anxiety that last for months, years, or even a lifetime. Many people with PTSD say they don’t feel like the same person after experiencing the trauma and may continue relieving the events so often that it interferes with their quality of life.
Common examples of a traumatic experience that can trigger PTSD include:
- Military combat
- Loss of a loved one
You can also develop PTSD symptoms following a medical diagnosis, serious health complications, or injuries from a car accident.
When should I seek treatment for trauma- and stressor-related disorders?
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Healthy Mind Psychiatry if you experience symptoms that indicate you may have PTSD or other stress-related disorder. These symptoms may include:
- Uncontrolled anger
- Tendency to isolate
- Difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep
- Thoughts of self-harm or violence on others
Another common side effect of a trauma- or stressor-related disorder is flashbacks, episodes where you relive the trauma. Flashbacks can cause sudden fear or panic and physical symptoms like a racing heart and sweating.
It’s important to note that symptoms of PTSD may not develop immediately after an accident or other traumatic event. They may come on suddenly months or years afterward.
What treatment options are available for trauma- and stressor-related disorders?
To maximize your treatment for PTSD and other stress-related disorders, Dr. Sreepathi takes a multidisciplinary approach, using psychotherapy to understand the root of your trauma.
He helps you work through your emotional response to abuse and other traumatic events and provides you with tools to help you better manage this response.
In some cases, medications are useful for alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Dr. Sreepathi continues to monitor your progress with treatment and can make adjustments as necessary to find the unique therapy approach that works best for you.
Dr. Sreepathi is a Board-certified Psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Call us to book your appointment today.