Experiencing a life-threatening event or other trauma can sometimes cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you develop PTSD symptoms like flashbacks, visit Dr. Kristin Tubre, at Tubre Psychological Services LLC in Zachary, Louisiana. Experienced clinical psychologist Dr. Tubre has extensive experience helping Veterans and others overcome trauma. Call her office or request an in-person or telehealth appointment online today for compassionate help with your PTSD.

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What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that sometimes develops after experiencing or seeing something traumatic. Events that might lead to PTSD include:

  • Personal assault and rape
  • Severe car accidents
  • Natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes
  • Fires and floods
  • Terrorist acts
  • Plane crashes
  • Mass shootings
  • Combat experiences

People who endure years of abuse or torture can develop complex (chronic) PTSD.

You might associate PTSD with combat veterans returning from wars, and some do develop the condition after their experiences. However, anything that you find exceptionally shocking or horrifying could cause PTSD to develop.

What problems can cause PTSD?

PTSD symptoms often begin soon after the trauma, within days or weeks, but sometimes it takes years to experience any obvious adverse effects. When you start having problems, they typically fall into one of four categories:

Intrusive thoughts

Flashbacks are one of the most notable and distressing PTSD symptoms. Something you hear, see, or smell takes you back to a memory of the trauma so vivid you believe you’re reliving it. You might also be unable to stop thinking about the event and experience frequent nightmares.

Negative emotions

Depression and anxiety are common problems for people with PTSD. Feeling anger at whoever you blame for the event and even yourself for surviving or not doing more are also typical PTSD emotions.

Reactivity

You’re likely to be constantly on edge when you have PTSD. Unexpected noises and touches make you jump, and you might lash out in fear.

Avoidance

Because PTSD symptoms are so hard to endure, many people adopt avoidance behaviors to reduce their exposure to triggers. You might shut yourself off from family and friends and stay away from anything or anyone that reminds you of your experience.

PTSD patients tend to have higher rates of substance use disorder because they use drugs and/or alcohol to numb their pain. Without help, PTSD can lead to thoughts of suicide.

What can I do to get over PTSD?

Psychotherapy  is vital to anyone with PTSD. Dr. Tubre has specialized experience in this field, having worked with veterans extensively for over 15 years.

Dr. Tubre has had great success with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in treating PTSD, but she tailors therapy to meet your specific needs, using whichever techniques are likely to help you most.

Call Tubre Psychological Services LLC to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.