Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is mental health disorder that occurs after a person has been exposed to a terrifying, traumatic event that causes them to suffer from chronic, unwanted feelings of distress and fear; PTSD ultimately results in an impairment in the person’s ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. The symptoms of PTSD will present differently in everyone, with some noticing the onset of symptoms immediately after the event while others do not develop symptoms until weeks, months, or even years after the event has occurred. People may experience symptoms like recurring nightmares, intense flashbacks, severe anxiety, as well as feeling a constant sense of fear and apprehension, all of which can have a negative impact on most, if not all, aspects of their lives.
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we recognize how devastating the symptoms of PTSD can be and so we have made it our goal to offer a compassionate and caring treatment program that is designed specifically to meet the unique and sensitive needs of patients suffering from this debilitating illness. We are a free-standing behavioral healthcare hospital that is devoted to providing a full continuum of mental and behavioral healthcare services for adults and senior adults. We provide treatment in a safe and secure environment that is fully conducive to true healing and lasting recovery. If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you are not alone. We want to show you that it is possible to overcome this illness and that there is hope for a bright future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you might be feeling helpless as to what you can do to help him or her. You may be watching as this disorder continues to significantly change the thoughts and behaviors of your loved one, and you may feel scared as to what his or her future will hold if he or she cannot overcome the symptoms. The best thing that you can do for your family member or loved one is to offer support and work with him or her to find the help that he or she needs. Some additional things that are important to keep in mind as you help a loved one who is suffering from PTSD are:
- Do not pressure your loved one to talk about things that he or she does not wish to talk about. This kind of added pressure will most likely only increase his or her feelings of anxiety.
- Be patient; because even when a person is committed to treatment, the healing process takes time.
- Educate yourself about PTSD so that you can gain an understanding of its symptoms, the effects it can have on a person, and the available treatment options. This will allow you to better help your loved one.
The idea of talking to your loved one about getting treatment may be somewhat intimidating as you realize that it may cause him or her to become defensive or think that you are giving up on him or her. While defensiveness may be the initial reaction that you receive, it is important to remember that helping him or her realize how beneficial treatment could be might be the best thing that you do for him or her. Approach your loved one in an empathetic manner and explain that you don’t blame him or her for the symptoms that are being experienced, but that you are concerned and want him or her to be able to go back to living life the way he or she was prior to the traumatic event.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you may feel like nothing will ever relieve you from the horrible symptoms that you currently experience. You may feel as though seemingly every aspect of your life has been negatively affected and you do not see any hope for change. But there can be change, and you can find relief from your symptoms.
Inpatient treatment programs have proven to be extremely successful in helping individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. By entering an inpatient program, you are able to walk away from the stresses and triggers that you face in your daily life so that you can put all of your energy into getting well. You will be placing yourself in a comforting, secure environment where you are surrounded by compassionate mental health professionals 24 hours a day so you can begin to restore your sense of safety. Through various therapeutic approaches, an inpatient program can help you overcome your symptoms of PTSD and allow you to begin living the life that you deserve to live.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, our philosophy is centered on an understanding that all of the patients who come to us for help have a history of important life experiences that have played a role in making them become the people that they are. We realize that the psychiatric and psychosocial stressors that they are facing when they come to us for treatment only represents a very small part of who they are and who they will become. Our goal is to help everyone who comes to our hospital find hope and a renewed sense of contentment and wellness while in a caring and confidential environment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
When you first arrive at our hospital, you will participate in a comprehensive evaluation that will aid us in determining what the best route of treatment will be in order to best meet all of your needs. All of the programs here at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry put into effect an implementation of an interdisciplinary approach. Our highly trained and qualified staff consists of social workers, psychiatrists, therapists, nurse, nurse practitioners, recreation therapists, art therapists, dieticians, and mental health associates, all of whom are dedicated to providing all of our patients with the highest level of individualized care while also working to meet the unique needs presented by each patient. Some of the treatment methods that are incorporated into this individualized care include:
Medication management: Medications can be a beneficial aspect of treating post-traumatic stress disorder. While participating in our inpatient program, all medications are monitored by a primary care physician in order to ensure therapeutic effectiveness and to make any changes that might be necessary.
Individual therapy is a time where patients can meet privately with a therapist so that they can address the specific aspects of their treatment plans that are unique to them. These sessions also give patients an opportunity to discuss any concerns they have, any struggles they are dealing with, and ask any questions that they may have.
Group therapy is held on a daily basis in our inpatient program. These sessions are designed to bring patients together in a group setting where they can share their experiences and explore different ways of coping. Mood stabilization, coping skills, and daily living skills are examples of topics that may be covered during these group sessions.
Family therapy is a time designated to helping patients and their loved ones learn how to communicate in a positive way, while also providing family members with education on what PTSD is and how they can best support their loved one.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we understand that leaving an inpatient program can be intimidating for our patients as they face the challenge of returning to their everyday lives. For patients who are recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder, this can be an especially anxiety-provoking time as they have to leave an environment where they knew they were safe at all times and return to the outside world where they may encounter triggers and other stressors. In order to ensure the utmost comfort possible during this process, your treatment team will work with you in deciding what the next step in your recovery should be. Some patients will benefit from entering into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). These two programs are designed to help patients slowly integrate back into their community while still spending most of their day in our outpatient programs. Other patients may be at a point where they are ready to return home. For these individuals, our case management team will work towards finding appropriate support groups and any other outside resources that may be helpful in continuing your recovery process.