When a person has severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they require significant psychological support. PCH Treatment Center is located in Los Angeles and has extensive experience with treating PTSD. Our clinical staff of masters and doctoral level therapists have a deep understanding of PTSD and the devastating effects it can have on a person’s well-being.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a reaction to psychological trauma which develops in response to actual or threatened extreme danger or personal injury. Examples include wartime experiences, natural disasters, sexual assault, bodily injury, incest, or even psychotic episodes (including placement in psychiatric hospitals). Torture almost always results in PTSD. During wartime, PTSD was referred to as “shell-shock” or battle fatigue. In the press, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become strongly associated with survivors of military trauma. In the current era of war, more and more soldiers are surviving bodily injuries – most of them develop PTSD. Interestingly, persons who have had disaster training or medical training who experience traumatic events have a lower risk of developing the disorder. This protective effect can sometimes be replicated with administration of antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications or beta-blockers.