It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran who’s recently returned home or if you were a victim of a violent crime; when traumatic events from your past negatively impact your mood and level of anxiety, you may have trouble coping with day-to-day life. A double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, Gagandeep Singh, MD treats post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at his Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, offices. If flashbacks and nightmares are a common occurrence in your life, call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online now.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results after a traumatic event, which may be shocking, scary, or dangerous.
These situations incite your body’s natural fight-or-flight response, which is normal. In some extreme cases, however, this response doesn’t shut off once the situation is over, causing people to have continued panic-like responses, even when there’s no danger present.
Although PTSD can occur after a wide range of events, some of the most common incidents that lead to the condition include:
Signs of PTSD often become so significant, they cause problems in your daily life - whether it’s with relationships, work, or everyday functioning. Although they can manifest differently, most symptoms of PTSD fit into one of four categories:
Intrusive memories occur when you have recurrent, unwanted memories of the event. That may happen through flashbacks or nightmares, where you’re reliving the event. When something reminds you of the event, you may experience an over-reactive emotional response.
When you have PTSD, avoidance is one of the signs. You may avoid thinking or talking about the event. You may also actively avoid any places, people, or activities that remind you of the event, sometimes altering your typical routine to do so.
PTSD can cause changes in how you think and act and may give you a negative outlook. You may feel hopeless or even numb. You may struggle with maintaining relationships and feel detached from those close to you.
With PTSD, you may experience changes in how you react to things around you. You may feel like you’re always on guard and you may startle easily. In many cases, you have trouble sleeping or concentrating, feel irritable, or engage in self-destructive behaviors.
Dr. Singh schedules long appointments for his patients with PTSD, allowing him to build rapport and understand what triggers your symptoms. As needed, he may prescribe medication to help you move past your traumatic event. In most cases, he focuses on the importance of psychotherapy to help you learn how to:
If you think you may have PTSD, don’t carry the burden alone. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Singh or book it online.