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Although it is most often associated with veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can manifest in anyone who has ever witnessed – or been subjected to – trauma. It is a severe stress reaction which can manifest itself even years after a traumatic event has taken place. PTSD features biological and psychological symptoms and often leads to the development of other disorders, including depression and substance abuse. The severe effect this problem can have on the life of an individual makes treatment for PTSD vital to get one’s life back on track.

The Effects of PTSD

Although not everyone who survives trauma develops PTSD, it can wreak havoc in a person’s life, who does. Typically, PTSD affects patients’ lives in four different ways:

  1. Long-lasting feelings of guardedness, nervousness and irritability – many PTSD patients startle easily.
  2. Avoidance to the point that a person with PTSD stays away from places, things, and people which remind them of their trauma.
  3. Flashbacks in which the affected person vividly relives the traumatic event when they encounter reminders or situations which resemble the traumatic event. Even unwanted thoughts of the event can trigger a flashback.
  4. Emotional numbness which causes great difficulty in allowing the individual to emotionally open towards others or even themselves. Like depression, emotional numbness can make them unwilling to engage in activities they used to once enjoy, forget critical parts of the traumatic incident or have grave anxiety about their future.

Unfortunately, people with PTSD are often diagnosed with other mental illnesses also. Studies have shown more than half of men with PTSD have problems with depression, conduct disorder, and substance abuse. Meanwhile, just under half of women with PTSD also have depression. Additional studies have shown PTSD can contribute to developing physical ailments as well – indeed, depression has been shown to be a factor in heart disease and other conditions.

Symptoms of PTSD

Usually, PTSD is diagnosed after a patient continues to experience its symptoms for at least a month after the traumatic event. However, symptoms may appear months or years later. These include:

  • Reliving the event via nightmares, unpleasant memories, and flashbacks
  • Having memory problems about the traumatic event
  • Being emotionally numb
  • Avoiding people, places, and other things which remind the patient of the traumatic incident
  • Arousal symptoms including insomnia, problems with concentration, and emotional difficulties

However, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reports that children experience PTSD somewhat differently than teens and adults do. Reports cited by the VA claim that although children do not seem to experience the flashbacks and memory difficulties seen in older patients with PTSD, they do, however, experience symptoms of their own. These include:

  • Time skew in which a child will have out-of-sequence memories of the traumatic event
  • Omen formation in which a child will believe there were signs before the event which predicted it
  • Reenacting the event via play, art or verbalization

PTSD manifests in adolescents similar to how it does in adults but there are some crucial differences. Adolescents are more likely to engage in traumatic reenactment, where they may include elements of the trauma in their day-to-day life. Additionally, adolescents with PTSD are much more likely to engage in aggressive and/or impulsive behaviors.

Red Flags of PTSD

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and attempts

Risk Factors for PTSD

According to the VA’s National Center for PTSD, any event which threatens life or causes physical harm can lead to PTSD in children. These events include:

  • Sexual abuse or violence
  • Exposure to disasters such as earthquakes, fires or hurricanes
  • Violent crimes like school shootings and kidnappings
  • Physical abuse, either via authority figures or peers
  • Being in vehicle accidents
  • Witnessing acts of violence

Additional risk factors for PTSD in children include being female, preexisting mental disorders and having low social support.

Getting Treatment For PTSD

Experiencing trauma is bad enough, but going without treatment for PTSD creates serious problems with school, work, and family. ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego provides treatment of PTSD at our residential PTSD treatment center for teens which offers patients a safe, secure and comfortable environment in which to work on their problems without distractions.

ADEONA Healthcare makes use of effective, proven techniques to give patients with PTSD the tools to move past the trauma and into a happier life. Our Rancho San Diego location provides PTSD residential treatment for teens. This inpatient PTSD treatment center offers a quiet, summer camp-like surrounding where adolescents discover new things about themselves and their world to enhance their recovery.

Why Choose ADEONA Healthcare PTSD Treatment?

ADEONA Healthcare is the ideal choice for a PTSD residential treatment because:
  • Our Rancho San Diego facility is safe, comfortable and secure, with 24/7 crisis intervention
  • Patients at our facility can indulge in outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, while participating in alternative therapies, like yoga
An expert care provider, ADEONA Healthcare provides treatment for PTSD to adolescents aged 12 to 17 at Rancho San Diego, our PTSD residential treatment center located in rural San Diego County. At our center, troubled teens can address and work past their challenges in a friendly, safe, and compassionate environment. A healthier life can start now. Call our 24/7 helpline (888) 997-3966 for more information about how we help teens recover from PTSD. You can also chat online with a member of our admissions team to learn more about our PTSD treatment programs and customized plans.

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