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Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Los Angeles With Dr. Thomas Hughes

Finding Relief After Trauma

Traumatic situations push the body into stress-mode. Your heart rate rises, and your muscles tense. You may become hyper-alert or irritable. Often this stress will fade away after the situation ends, but in some cases, it continues, potentially long after the initial traumatic event. If you’re struggling to function after trauma, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD.

Learn more about treatment for PTSD in Los Angeles, CA, by contacting Dr. Thomas Hughes. He specializes in helping teens and young adults to process difficult situations and find relief from the symptoms of PTSD.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD, short for post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental condition that develops after a traumatic event. It often manifests in deep anxiety relating to the event and can significantly impact one’s quality of life.

PTSD was first found in soldiers returning from war. Originally called “shell shock” or “battle fatigue syndrome,” PTSD was recognized as a common problem in war veterans. As time went on and we learned more about the condition, signs of post-traumatic stress were noticed in other groups of people too.

Any traumatic situation can lead to the development of PTSD symptoms. This condition may develop after:

  • Natural disasters
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical abuse
  • Accidents- including car accidents and plane crashes
  • Unexpected death of a loved one

A traumatic event doesn’t have to happen to you directly to experience PTSD. Emergency personnel and rescue workers often exhibit PTSD symptoms. Family members may also develop this condition after a loved one endures a traumatic event.

The Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD symptoms are typically grouped into four broad categories. Everyone’s experience is different, and you may not experience all symptoms or even symptoms from all categories. Over time, your symptoms may change. Click each tab below to learn more.

You avoid places that remind you of the trauma, including the place you were when it occurred. You may also avoid people or things that remind you of the event. This avoidance can be very isolating, making it difficult to maintain relationships with family and friends or to participate in activities you once enjoyed. Some PTSD patients avoid thinking about the event or refuse to talk about or acknowledge it.

Many people with PTSD relive the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, hallucinations, and vivid memories.

With PTSD, little actions can lead to big reactions. You may startle easily or feel exhausted from constantly being on high alert. Many patients with PTSD have difficulty concentrating and trouble sleeping. Physical symptoms, including increased heart rate, high blood pressure, nausea, and rapid breathing, may also occur.

You may feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Many patients with PTSD experience negative feelings about themselves, others, or the world. You may feel guilty about the situation.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of PTSD, working with a trained psychiatrist like Dr. Hughes can be beneficial. Contact us to schedule your first visit.

Do I Have PTSD?

After a traumatic event, most people will experience a change in behavior and feeling. These changes are often temporary, resolving on their own in a few days or weeks. When symptoms linger after a trauma or interfere with your ability to function, it may be PTSD.

PTSD occurs when symptoms remain for at least a month after trauma and when a medical evaluation determines that there isn’t a physical cause for these symptoms.

Do you have PTSD? Should you seek help from a professional like Dr. Hughes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might benefit from professional help. Take control of your life back by contacting Dr. Hughes. Prompt treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder can keep symptoms from worsening. As you learn tools for dealing with this stress, you can find relief from PTSD symptoms.

Getting Professional Help for Your PTSD

Dr. Hughes uses the CUBE approach for treating many anxiety disorders and other concerns in teens and young adults living in Los Angeles.  His approach is based in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced based and highly effective therapy technique. 

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Connect -Building relationships is the foundation for successful treatment.

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Uplift – Many people that have experienced trauma feel hopeless and that they won’t be able to move on. It is important when recovering from trauma that patients recognize the good within themselves and their options. Dr. Hughes works with his patients so they can see the good in themselves and their situation so they can once again find hope for the future.

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Build – Trauma can be difficult to process, especially if you don’t have the right tools. Dr. Hughes works with his patients to give them the tools for success. These tools enable patients to address challenges and make positive changes. These methods will last a lifetime, serving patients long after the last therapy session with Dr. Hughes.

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Empower – Dr. Hughes hopes to be a temporary help in his patient’s lives, not a permanent fixture. He helps patients to become self-sufficient so they can thrive on their own.

PTSD can be challenging to treat, but Dr. Hughes has extensive experience. He uses trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and medications when necessary, to help patients find relief from their symptoms and return to a comfortable and productive life.

FAQs About PTSD Treatment in Los Angeles

Dr. Hughes is grateful for the many effective medications available for treating conditions like depression and anxiety in children and young adults. He uses medications when they are urgently needed but finds that many of his patients can resolve their concerns without them. If Dr. Hughes determines that medications are beneficial, he will give you detailed information about the pros and cons of medication so you can make an informed decision.

PTSD is always possible after a traumatic event, but it doesn’t usually occur. Most people will experience initial symptoms of shock, anger, or guilt, but find that they resolve relatively quickly.

PTSD can develop at any age. It is common in children, teens, and young adults. It is estimated that more than 3% of the population in the U.S. is currently struggling with PTSD.

If you’re struggling to cope after trauma, seek help. Developing an effective coping strategy can help you to get through trauma without developing PTSD. Don’t wait until a problem becomes serious before seeking help.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be a debilitating condition. If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, seek help. Prompt treatment can reduce symptoms and keep the disorder from worsening. PTSD is associated with other mental health conditions, including substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, and depression.

If you or your child are struggling to cope after a traumatic event, contact Dr. Thomas Hughes for PTSD treatment in Los Angeles.