Interventions can be useful when getting a loved one into treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they should not occur as a first resort. Because victims of PTSD often lack trust, they may hesitate to ask for help, which is why an intervention may be effective. Patients will not want to feel attacked or backed into a corner, so call for professional assistance before planning an intervention.
If someone has lived through trauma, she may display symptoms of PTSD that can dwindle and eventually disappear. However, those who show these symptoms for weeks, months and years later likely have PTSD. Recognizing the following symptoms of PTSD can prevent many problems later on:
If you recognize any of these symptoms in a loved one, PTSD may be the driving force.
The symptoms of PTSD can appear weeks, months or even years after a traumatic event. Friends and family who recognize the symptoms of PTSD may wonder if they should intervene or not. PTSD patients are usually very guarded, so discussing their issues can be difficult for them. If this is the case for your loved one, it may help to hold an intervention with a professional. Because the symptoms of PTSD include self-destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts and violence, it is critical that a struggling victim gets help as soon as possible.
There are numerous options available when it comes to treating PTSD. Selecting the appropriate treatment program will depend on the patient’s unique recovery needs. PTSD is not a disorder that can be cured with medication alone. While a physician can prescribe medicines to treat PTSD symptoms such as insomnia or anxiety, the medication does not treat the disorder. Because of this, effective PTSD treatment should consist of a combination of the following treatment methods:
There are ways to treat PTSD and with help your loved one can control her debilitating symptoms.
If you are concerned about a loved one struggling with PTSD, please call our toll-free helpline now to learn how you can help. Our phone counselors will listen to your concerns and provide information and advice on available treatment options. They can help you find specialized recovery services that are right for your loved one and determine whether intervention services are appropriate. Call now if you are ready to learn more about PTSD recovery services. We are here 24 hours a day to help.