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PTSD Specialist

Balanced Mental Wellness

Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Englewood, CO

Living through severe trauma is bound to have a lasting effect, and sometimes it triggers a serious mental health condition called PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). If you have PTSD, expert assistance is available at Balanced Mental Wellness in Englewood, Colorado. Chelsie Monroe, PMHNP-BC, Sarah Stalder, PMHNP-BC, and the team believe that trauma is a disconnection from the self. Through a multi-modal approach, they help you develop your inner healing intelligence and rediscover your soul. Call Balanced Mental Wellness to find out more about overcoming PTSD or book an appointment online today.

PTSD Q&A

What is PTSD?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a condition that arises after you experience or witness a type of traumatic event. 

PTSD is best known as a problem affecting people involved in armed conflicts, but it can develop following any trauma. Examples include terrorist attacks, fires and natural disasters, serious road or air crashes, and personal assault.

Most of these traumas are short-lived. However, there’s also a form of PTSD that develops when you’re trapped in a frightening or stressful environment over long periods. Some of the most likely causes of complex PTSD are child abuse and domestic violence.

At Balanced Mental Wellness, the team has particular expertise in attachment trauma and its role in complex PTSD. Attachment trauma develops from an interruption in the bonding process between parent and child that leads to severe psychological problems.

What symptoms does PTSD cause?

PTSD causes four broad categories of symptoms: 

Intrusive thoughts

Nightmares and daytime flashbacks of the event that triggered your PTSD are common types of intrusive thoughts. They’re typically so realistic you feel and behave as though you're reliving the trauma.

Avoidance behaviors

Avoidance behaviors develop from the need to prevent flashbacks and other negative feelings. You might stop seeing people who remind you of the event and avoid situations and places you associate with your trauma. 

Negative thoughts

Negative feelings like survivors' guilt often affect people who've lived through a traumatic event. You might also feel anger at someone you think is responsible, which can be hard to control. 

Heightened reactions

Having PTSD raises your arousal and anxiety levels, making you overreact to stimuli. This heightened state of awareness causes high levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol to circulate through your body, resulting in depression and anxiety.

Substance abuse, addiction, and self-destructive behaviors are also common in people with PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

Understanding why you have PTSD is key to your recovery, so at Balanced Mental Wellness, the team uses counseling and psychotherapy techniques to get to the root of your condition. 

Antidepressant medication to adjust the balance of chemicals and neurotransmitters in your brain can be beneficial. Reducing the levels of stress hormones with anti-anxiety medications can also help you participate in your therapy. Ketamine therapy is also showing promise as a treatment for PTSD. 

PTSD and trauma is the primary specialty at Balanced Mental Wellness. The team helps you come home to yourself, using integrative approaches to achieve wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Call the office today for more information or book an appointment online.