If you had some kind of traumatic experience it is normal to feel sad, anxious, scared or disconnected from everyday occurrences. However, if that feelings do not fade away in time and you are reliving those painful memories over and over again you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Although PTSD is most associated with battle-scared soldiers or rape, it is, as a matter of fact, related to any event that overwhelms you, or creates feelings like hopelessness or helplessness. PTSD can even affect those who just witnessed the event or friends or family members of those who experienced the trauma.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can disturb your whole life, like your job, relationships, health and can make everyday activities very hard. If not treated properly, PTSD can increase risk of other mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts or even suicidal actions, eating disorder. If you notice any of the symptoms that can indicate PTSD, such as feeling sad, anxious, scared or disconnected for a long period of time, make sure to visit your primary care provider or a mental health provider. Your health care provider will then make a diagnosis based on the symptoms that you have.
The primary treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy (cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), along with a medication (antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, prazosin). You and your health care provider should work together to find the best treatment that will fit you, and that will have fewest side effects. And if you experience any side effects or problems with medications you should tell your doctor.
There are many specialized psychotherapists that can treat PTSD, and one of them is George Ankuta, a Ph.D, caring psychologist, that works in Queen Anne Psychology, in Seattle, WA. He is specialized in psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, couple’s counseling, and also has a very effective in Seattle PTSD therapy techniques. Dr. Ankuta is very committed to his patients, and their overall health and well-being, and has more than 25 years of experience conducting psychotherapy.
Seeking treatment for a psychological disorder can be very overwhelming and Dr. Ankuta understands that, and that is why he is helping so many people gain the upper hand on their condition. His psychotherapy consists of meeting each individual person and forming a collaborative relationship in a safe, supportive and comfortable environment, so that patients can elaborate the concerns that brought them to the therapy, without judgment and with positive view on the patient situation. Dr. George says that the therapy works best for people who are open to explore the details of their own life. And the most significant progress is when people can look within themselves to see the roles that their own actions and choices have in their lives, and different aspects of life such as relationship with people or work. Dr. George provides short-term or long-term psychotherapy that is focused on a certain problem which includes psycho-dynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches for a certain person and situation.