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PTSD Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

About 7-8% of people in the United States develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point. Medication and psychotherapy are the primary treatments for PTSD. Unfortunately, no single medication or method helps all those suffering from the mental health condition. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, specializes in stress-related disorders like PTSD. They use biofeedback and neurofeedback therapeutic technologies to improve or resolve symptoms. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment today.

PTSD Q & A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying, shocking, or life-threatening event. 

When under extreme stress or fear of bodily harm, your body undergoes a physiological change that heightens your senses and defenses. This stress response is called “fight or flight” and is designed to save your life from imminent danger.

Though it’s not unusual to continue to feel a heightened sense of fear or nervousness after a terrifying event, usually the symptoms improve over time and eventually resolve. 

However, if you have PTSD, your fear and nervousness may worsen and interfere with your daily life, including your work and relationships.

What are PTSD symptoms?

PTSD symptoms generally appear within three months of the traumatic event. However, in some cases, symptoms may take years to develop. 

Common PTSD symptoms include:

  • Re-experiencing symptoms (nightmares, flashbacks)
  • Avoidance symptoms (avoiding people, places, or locations related to the event)
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms (easily startled, being on edge)
  • Cognition and mood symptoms (poor memory of the event, feelings of shame or guilt)

For a PTSD diagnosis, you must experience all of the symptoms noted above for a month or more. 

What causes PTSD?

Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD. Though researchers are still investigating factors that increase the risk of PTSD, you may be more likely to develop the mental health condition if you:

  • Were injured or hurt
  • Saw someone else get hurt or die
  • Have little or no social support after the event
  • Have other sources of stress
  • Have a history of mental illness

Additionally, the traumatic event may cause your body to “get stuck” in a chronic state of stress, which leads to dysregulation of your body and mind. 

What happens during a PTSD evaluation?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses advanced biofeedback instruments and quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping technology to assess physiological tension levels.

The diagnostic testing identifies the dysregulated areas of your body and brain associated with your PTSD symptoms. 

How is PTSD treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine creates custom-designed treatment plans for PTSD using biofeedback and neurofeedback treatments. 

Biofeedback treatment

Biofeedback treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine helps you achieve a deep state of relaxation that allows your body to heal and reset.

Neurofeedback treatment

Neurofeedback treatment teaches you how to shift your body out of the “fight or flight” state and to the healing or recovery state, which dramatically reduces symptoms. 

To learn more about PTSD treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, call the office to schedule an appointment today.