Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Specialists
Clinical Psychologists, Therapists, and Psychiatrists in Southlake and Flower Mound, TX
Are you or a loved one grappling with the profound and often overwhelming effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Dr. Messina & Associates, located in Southlake, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas, is dedicated to providing compassionate and specialized care for individuals battling PTSD. Our clinical psychologists, therapists, and psychiatrists specialize in helping patients navigate the challenging path to recovery from traumatic experiences. You can schedule a consultation online or simply give us a call.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Specialists Q & A
What is PTSD?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, manifests when you’ve encountered one or more profoundly distressing incidents and subsequently endure recurrent distressing recollections of those events. PTSD typically presents with four primary symptoms:
Intrusive Memories: These can manifest as mental images, disturbing intrusive memories, terror-inducing feelings, physical sensations, nightmares, and dissociative reactions or emotional numbness, all reminiscent of the traumatic experiences you’ve endured.
Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions: Those with PTSD may notice shifts in their physical and emotional responses, often marked by heightened hypervigilance and an increased state of alertness.
Avoidance: Past traumatic experiences can render you constantly vigilant, fostering feelings of extreme insecurity and vulnerability. As a result, you may instinctively avoid any reminders of the traumatic incident(s) without conscious awareness.
Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Overwhelming distress, an inability to process this distress, and emotional numbness are common experiences. It’s also typical to become emotionally disconnected from your surroundings and those around you.
What Are the Causes of PTSD?
PTSD is frequently triggered by a traumatic event, such as a car accident or the loss of a loved one. Other experiences that can lead to PTSD include:
- Threatening Encounters, Such as Robberies
- Natural Disasters
- Physical Assault
- Childhood Physical Abuse
- Receiving a Serious Medical Diagnosis
- Sexual Violence
If you’re coping with PTSD or have endured a traumatic event, Dr. Messina & Associates is here to discuss the treatment options tailored to your unique needs.
What Are the Treatments for PTSC?
Seeking treatment for PTSD can be challenging, as discussing your trauma may evoke fear and anxiety. At Dr. Messina & Associates, we understand the importance of building trust and fostering understanding to create a safe environment for these discussions.
Treatment for trauma varies significantly among patients. Our providers meticulously assess your symptoms and their impact on your daily life. Our goal is to diminish the psychological, physical, and cognitive impairments associated with post-traumatic stress and guide you toward stability.
Without appropriate treatment for PTSD, symptoms can intensify over time due to recurrent re-experiences of past traumas and exposure to additional traumas, leading to increasingly debilitating symptoms.
If you’re suffering from PTSD or have undergone a traumatic event, we invite you to reach out to our team to take the first step toward healing and recovery.