What is PTSD?
Everyone has experienced some type of scary situation in their lives at one point. Whether that be the fear of walking alone at night or a fear that may come after experiencing a dangerous situation, such as a robbery, rape, or explosion. Most people can naturally recover from these feelings, while others may continue to experience these fearful emotions.
PTSD is a mental health disorder that some individuals may develop after experiencing or witnessing something traumatic, shocking, scary, or life threatening. A person suffering with PTSD may experience symptoms within days, months, or even years after the event occurred. Fear begins to take over, causing them to experience “fight or flight” emotions, which is a defense against a dangerous situation they may feel as though they are encountering. Individuals suffering with PTSD become stressed and frightened easily and experience these emotions even when they are not in harm’s way.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
Not every person that has experienced something traumatic will develop ongoing PTSD. In fact, not every person experiencing PTSD has endured a dangerous event. A loss of a loved one may trigger symptoms of PTSD and can begin years after the event occurred. The amount of time that PTSD symptoms occur vary for each person, but normally last more than a month and begin to affect people’s relationships, work life, and social life.
Symptoms of PTSD are different for each individual, but may include:
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
- Avoidance of people, places, or events
- Avoidance of thoughts and feelings
- Being scared easily
- Feeling tense in relaxed situations
- Feeling “on-edge”
- Difficulty sleeping
- Bursts of emotions, such as anger or sadness
- Difficulty recalling the traumatic event
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of guilt
PTSD treatment at the Florida House Experience
Here at The Florida House Experience, we pride ourselves in being on the forefront of mental health care, offering cutting-edge approaches that integrate the medical, psychiatric, and clinical components of treatment, such as our Neuro-Rehabilitative Services. We firmly believe that any mental health disorder diagnosis should be quantifiable and that the recommended treatments for our patients have been proven effective.
While other treatment centers diagnose based only the description of symptoms, also known as “guess work,” we utilize a series of biometrics, based on brain imaging, genetic blood testing, and other advanced protocols to provide our patients with a full interpretation of their condition. These biometrics and diagnostic tools are used to scientifically track the progression of treatment and even predict when our patients will experience a “flare-up” with their disorder. By using state-of-the-art systems, like our qEEG-guided Neurofeedback, we are able to personalize each patients’ treatment plan to fit their specific needs. In order to satisfy the needs of each patient, we offer an 8-Tier Neuro-Rehabilitative treatment program which includes:
- Comprehensive Neuro-Psychological Testing
- Heart Rate Variability & Biosound Monitoring
- Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG)
- QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback Training
- Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy
- High Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapy
- Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy
- Computerized Cognitive Brain Training