Treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD?

  • PTSD is a mental health condition that can result from directly experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event(s), such as a physical assault, life-threatening illness, sexual violence, or serious car accident.

  • Symptoms can include:

    • Nightmares and unwanted memories about the trauma.

    • Emotional or physical distress in response to triggers of the trauma.

    • Avoidance of people, places and things that are reminders of the trauma.

    • Exaggerated self-blame.

    • Feeling numb and detached from others.

    • Anger outbursts.

    • Being easily startled.

    • Difficulty sleeping.

  • PTSD commonly co-exists with other mental health conditions, including depression, other anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

  • PTSD can significantly negatively affect your self-esteem, relationships and functioning at home and work.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

  • First-line treatment for PTSD is trauma-focused psychotherapy.

  • ARC Psychiatry offers two evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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What is CPT?

  • CPT is a cognitive therapy to re-process how you think about yourself, others and the world as a result of the trauma(s).

  • Completing practice assignments to identify and challenge your thoughts is essential for the therapy.

  • CPT consists of once weekly sessions lasting approximately 55 minutes for 2-4 months.

What is EMDR?

  • EMDR is a non-traditional form of therapy that pairs side-to-side eye movements with traumatic memories and emotions.

  • You recall a distressing event and the emotions associated with this, while your therapist guides you through side-to-side eye movements. This helps to decrease the distress of the traumatic event.

  • EMDR consists of once a week session lasting 55 minutes.

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What are the benefits of CPT and EMDR?

  • CPT and EMDR have strong evidence for significantly reducing the symptom burden and functional impact of PTSD, in addition to improving other mental health symptoms.

  • Many patients achieve full remission of their PTSD from these therapies.

  • The benefits of CPT and EMDR continue even after the treatment has ended.

 

Where can I get these services?

  • CPT is currently offered at our Beachwood office by Dr. Emily Sykes, MD. Dr. Sykes is a board-certified psychiatrist and a certified CPT provider for PTSD.

  • EMDR is currently offered at our Medina and Westlake locations by Nadira Bartlebaugh, LPCC-S, a trained EMDR provider.

Is TMS therapy right for you?

Contact us at 216-450-1613 to learn more information or to schedule an appointment.

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ARC Psychiatry is a member of Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance, one of the largest clinically integrated networks in the nation.