There are a lot of popular misconceptions surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One of the most common misconceptions is that it is only experienced by combat veterans and victims of violence. In reality, PTSD can affect anyone exposed to traumatic or extremely stressful situations and can look differently for different people. Some people suffering from PTSD experience symptoms immediately after, and others may not experience any symptoms for years after the traumatic event. Various subcategories of PTSD and other stress responses have become apparent as we have learned more about the disorder. Regardless of which type of PTSD you suffer from, a PTSD treatment program can help.
PTSD treatment programs are the best way to address the symptoms of your PTSD and find stability after experiencing trauma. At Atlanta Center for Mental Health, we offer various mental health treatment programs, including ones designed around the unique challenges of PTSD. To learn more about how Atlanta Center for Mental Health can help you or a loved one, call 833.625.0458.
The Different Types of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Often people’s understanding of PTSD is tragically narrow. Everybody will respond to trauma differently, and each person’s experience with PTSD is unique. However, there are several observed variations of PTSD. These include:
- Normal stress response
- Acute stress disorder
- Dissociative PTSD
- Uncomplicated PTSD
- Complex PTSD
- Comorbid PTSD
Normal stress response
PTSD could arise as a result of a normal stress response. A normal stress response is when the well-known fight-or-flight response is triggered by a tense or stressful situation, such as an accident, illness, injury, or surgery. This is usually accompanied by sweating, shaking, a rapid heartbeat, nausea, and other stress responses. Normal stress responses generally do not have long-term effects, but, in some cases, this response could be the initial trigger for PTSD. However, it is essential to note that not all stress responses will develop into PTSD.
Acute stress disorder
Acute stress disorder, though not the same as PTSD, can also develop after a traumatic event. Usually, these are particularly stressful life-threatening events. These can be natural disasters, loss of loved ones, violence, or risk of death. If untreated, this can develop into PTSD but can be alleviated with mental health care soon after the traumatic event.
Dissociative PTSD is a relatively new diagnosis. The key features of this form are dissociative symptoms, such as depersonalization and derealization. These can manifest as a persistent feeling of observing yourself from outside your body. You have a sense that things around you aren’t real or a deep detachment from your surroundings.
Uncomplicated PTSD patients will generally experience similar symptoms as other types of PTSD, but this type arises from a singular traumatic event instead of several successive traumas. This is one of the most commonly diagnosed and most treatable forms of PTSD.
Complex PTSD results from several traumas sometimes experienced over a lifetime. This is more common in cases of child abuse, domestic abuse, and wartime trauma. Complex PTSD can be difficult to treat and usually requires an intensive care plan and a long-term approach to recovery.
Patients with comorbid PTSD have at least one other co-occurring mental health condition, most often drug addiction. Some other common conditions include anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder. This type of PTSD requires treating all mental health conditions at once for the best results.
Atlanta Center for Mental Health Can Help Treat Every Type of PTSD
At the Atlanta Center for Mental Health, we are intimately familiar with each type of PTSD, and you can expect the utmost quality of care from us. We use the best available evidence-based-treatments for PTSD, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Prolonged Exposure (PE)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
If your experience with trauma has been negatively affecting your life and relationships, a PTSD treatment program can help. Call Atlanta Center for Mental Health at 833.625.0458 or fill out our online form to learn more.