Following a traumatic ordeal, most individuals develop feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and maybe even feelings of disconnection. For some people, however, these feelings do not simply disappear within a few days or months. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very serious mental health disorder that is triggered by a terrifying event. The symptoms and individual experiences may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While once considered a condition only experienced by war veterans, it is now know that PTSD affects all types of people, however not everyone who lives through a traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD.
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we understand that the trauma you have experienced has caused you to come to view the world as a bleak and unsafe place. For over 25 years we have helped many men, women, children, seniors, and military personnel work through their trauma and get the symptoms of their PTSD under control. The staff at Cedar Crest will go above and beyond to help you feel safe and secure as you begin your journey of healing in our serene environment. We offer free, confidential assessments from a master’s level clinician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t let your PTSD control you, pick up the phone and call us today.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If you have a loved one who has gone through a rather traumatic experience and is struggling with PTSD as a result, you most likely are facing some difficult emotions as well. It hurts you to see your loved one suffer, but you may not be entirely sure what you can do to help. There are however a number of steps you can take to help a loved one cope with the stress they are experiencing. Here are some things you can do to help your loved one:
- Be willing to listen, but don’t push the subject: Make sure that your loved one knows that you are there for them and want to hear about their feelings. However, if they are not ready to talk about their experience and emotions, don’t push them.
- Choose a time to talk: When you and your loved one are ready to talk, be sure to choose a time and place where you will be free of distractions. Make sure that you are truly listening to what your loved one has to say.
- Get help for your loved one: If the symptoms of your loved one’s PTSD have become severe, try to urge them to seek help from a mental health care professional, who can help them learn to cope with their disturbing emotions. Additionally, if your loved one talks about or behaves in a way that makes you believe they may be suicidal then calmly and immediately take action. Get help from a trained professional immediately.
Coping with PTSD is an ongoing process and so you should ensure your loved one that you are going to be there for them to provide continuous support. Check in with them throughout the treatment process to see how they are doing and continue to be there for them once they have completed a treatment program.
Why Seek Inpatient Care at Cedar Crest Hospital
If not properly treated the long-term effects associated with PTSD can cause significant impairment in the life of those who are diagnosed with this disorder. Additionally, it can place an individual at a higher risk for developing a number of other mental health disorders and certain medical illnesses. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD you may have noticed that you have begun to have problems functioning at work, during school, or in social situations. You may have become detached from your friends and family members, causing problems within your relationships. Finally, in an attempt to manage some of your fear and anxiety you may have turned to drinking or using drugs, which has led to the development of a substance abuse problem. In spite of all of these negative consequences the good news is that PTSD can be successfully treated.
The treatment and support you will receive from an inpatient program will be essential in helping you recover from your traumatic experience. While your memories will never fully go away, through a treatment program you can learn to manage your responses to these memories and associated memories. You will also be able to reduce the frequency and intensity of your reactions. An inpatient environment will allow you to escape the pressures of life and focus upon the challenges you are currently facing. Therapists can help you learn coping strategies for dealing with painful emotions and ways in which you can overcome your anxiety. Most importantly, you will be surrounded by compassionate, caring people who will help you learn the tools needed to once again see the world as a beautiful place.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we are committed to providing evidence-based, quality behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and military personal who are struggling with PTSD. Our inpatient program provides intensive psychiatric care designed to stabilize a person who is in crisis and in need of a caring, safe environment. We will create an individualized treatment plan for each one of our patients, always going the extra mile to ensure that all who come to us are secure and supported long after they have left our program.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital for Suicidal Ideation
When you come to us for help, you’ll be immediately evaluated for safety and undergo a number of evaluations that will help steer your course of treatment. Our medical evaluation will allow us to diagnose and treat any medical conditions you may be suffering from and evaluate and treat the severity of any suicidal acts. The psychological evaluation can help us diagnose any mental health disorders you’re facing and begin treatment for these disorders. We’ll use the results of your evaluations to create an individualized treatment plan that will meet all of your needs.
Medication such as SSRIs or anti-anxiety agents may be used to treat some of the symptoms associated with PTSD, such as anxiety or depression. Additionally, sedatives can be used to help those with sleep problems. If medication is included in your treatment plan then you will be constantly monitored and any medication changes will be made if necessary.
Individual therapy will be used once or twice each week – more as needed – to help you work through the painful emotions you have been holding inside. While it may seem painful to face the trauma you experienced, by doing so with a trained therapist can help you get better. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the types of therapy that is most often used in an individual sessions. CBT will help you to change the thought patterns that keep you from overcoming your anxiety.
Group therapy can be very helpful for people who are struggling with PTSD. Meeting daily with other survivors of trauma can be a helpful step in your recovery. You can share your thoughts to help resolve your feelings, gain confidence in coping with your memories and symptoms, and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Groups are held multiple times a day and cover a wide range of topics such as coping skills, developing appropriate ways to deal with stress, and learning more about medications and co-occurring disorders.
Family therapy is important to your recovery as the support of your loved ones can make a tremendous difference in your ability to continue healing. Through family sessions, your loved ones will have the opportunity to learn more about PTSD and how truly debilitating it can be for you, as well as how they can be more supportive. We will also provide them with referrals to outpatient therapy and community resources as needed.
In addition to providing you with traditional therapeutic modalities, we also utilize a number of experiential therapies. These methods may include:
- Swimming pool
- Numerous walking trails
- Ropes course
- Weekly A.A. and N.A. meetings on campus
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
Cedar Crest Hospital is proud to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, teens, adults, older adults, active duty military personnel, and their families who are struggling with a variety of mental health disorders. We are available 24/7 to offer a helping hand to those in need.
When it has been determined that you no longer require the intensive treatment level of an inpatient program, you and your loved ones will meet with a case manager to discuss your continuing care options. Additionally, we will provide you with local support services that you can reach out to, to help you cope with the transition process into your next phase of treatment. When discharge day arrives, you will meet with all members of your treatment team to ensure that you are stable and have an appropriate home environment to return to.
Some individuals chose to step down into a structured outpatient program such as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), both of which will allow you to focus on your recovery during the day while returning to your home in the evenings. If you feel you’ve made enough progress during your stay, we can refer you to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic to help coordinate your plan of care post-discharge.