Here you’ll find 5+ reasons you may want to seek professional help after experiencing a traumatic event.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that develops in people who have experienced or seen a traumatic event.
A traumatic event may be an accident, natural disaster, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, war, or the death of a loved one.
When someone experiences a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious, worried, sad, or afraid after it happens. Fear triggers the “fight or flight” response in your body as a way to protect you from harm.
Sometimes, PTSD doesn’t develop immediately after trauma, and symptoms can ebb and flow over time.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD is a mental disorder that occurs in people who have experienced a scary or dangerous event.
Yes, teen PTSD is a mental disorder and should be taken seriously.
If gone untreated, symptoms of PTSD can worsen and harm an individual’s health and well-being.
Sandstone is here to help. Even if we aren’t the right fit, we’ll help you find and take the next step to treat teen PTSD.
Our commitment to our clients’ lasting success and recovery helps us continually exceed licensing standards of care throughout the industry.
There are four main types of symptoms that occur in PTSD, which include re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal and reactivity, & cognition and mood.
Symptoms associated with PTSD in teens can also include destructive behaviors, a need for revenge, or distorted feelings of guilt that the trauma was their fault.
The main treatments for teen PTSD include psychotherapy, medication, or both. Sandstone Care is here to support teens and young adults with substance use and mental health disorders.
We provide a full spectrum of treatment programs to meet your unique situation and needs.
Our Outpatient program is an individualized daytime program that takes place over 8 to 12 weeks.
Sandstone Care’s Outpatient program is one of our mental health treatment options for teens with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other behavioral health conditions.
Our mental health treatment program highlights individualized treatment, a multi-disciplinary team, family involvement, and a continuum of care.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of PTSD to look out for in yourself or your loved ones is important.
For someone to be diagnosed with PTSD, they would be experiencing symptoms for over a month, and their symptoms would interfere with their daily lives.
If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing PTSD, it is important to seek professional help to get a proper diagnosis.
A health care provider, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can determine if the symptoms meet the criteria for diagnosing PTSD.
Anyone can develop PTSD, including children and teens.
Teens may develop PTSD if they have experienced trauma or have witnessed traumatic events happen to someone else.
It is already difficult for children and teens to express their feelings; many may not know how to talk about a traumatic event or who to talk to.
Teens who have PTSD may experience flashbacks or nightmares of trauma.
It can be very difficult for a teen with PTSD to function on a daily basis, especially when it comes to school or in relationships.
A teen with PTSD may act impulsively, experience anxiety, have trouble focusing, or isolate themselves.
If you notice a loved one or teen experiencing signs of PTSD, it is important to help them seek professional help.
You may need treatment for PTSD if you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and have experienced symptoms of PTSD for more than a month.
If you are experiencing symptoms that affect your everyday life, treatment can help make those symptoms more manageable and allow you to live a happier and healthier life.
The main way PTSD is treated in teenagers is through psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both.
Teens face a variety of unique challenges, so any treatment plan created for a teenager with PTSD should consider many factors. What may work for one person may not work for another.
PTSD typically does not go away on its own without treatment.
With treatment, a person can manage their symptoms and live the lives they want.
We deliver evidence-based therapy treatment for teens in a number of areas. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy commonly used to treat a variety of mental health challenges.
CBT focuses on identifying negative thoughts or beliefs and understanding how they can lead to destructive behaviors. It also focuses on building skills and healthy coping mechanisms that they can use in life long after treatment is over.
A wide variety of therapies fall under CBT, and they can be used individually and in groups.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy works by teaching people to manage their fears by exposing them to the trauma they may have experienced safely.
In exposure therapy, a person may write about their traumatic experiences or revisit where they happened.
According to Youth.gov, exposure therapy can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD, such as intrusive thoughts, emotional distress, flashbacks, avoidance, emotional numbing, hypervigilance, and more.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, that focuses on the balance of acceptance and change.
DBT highlights four main skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.DBT can help teens and young adults by specifically targeting the unique behaviors and thoughts that young people have that may lead to destructive choices.
Cognitive restructuring is a form of CBT that can help a person make sense of their traumatic experiences.
When someone experiences trauma, they may have difficulty remembering what happened or even feel guilty and blame themselves for things that are not their fault.
Cognitive restructuring can help people with PTSD understand their experiences in a realistic way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is designed to treat individuals who have experienced trauma.
In EMDR, an individual will pay attention to back-and-forth movements or sounds while calling to mind difficult memories. Through this process, a person will reprocess information from the past.
Through processing memories, thoughts, and emotions, a person may experience relief from symptoms of PTSD.
Group therapy can be extremely helpful for people struggling with PTSD.
Group therapy typically involves one or more therapists with a group of individuals who commonly share similar experiences.
Group therapy provides a safe space for people to share their feelings and experience. Many find they can relate to and learn from each other’s experiences.
PTSD can make a person feel very isolated and alone. It can make it hard to believe that someone would understand what they are going through. In group therapy, individuals can build connections that last a lifetime and develop a strong support network through their peers.
Family involvement is an important part of teen treatment.
When one person in a family is struggling with mental health, PTSD, substance use, or any difficult experience, it affects the whole family.
Through family therapy, each member can share their experiences and feelings to create a better understanding and learn how to support one another.
Communication can be difficult between family members, especially if someone is struggling and doesn’t know who to talk to or how to talk about it. Family therapy opens up a safe space for communication and teaches the family new skills, strategies, and coping mechanisms.
Academic support is an integral component of teen treatment.
For a teen struggling with PTSD, it can be very difficult to function on a day-to-day basis, affecting how they perform in school and their social life.
They may also lose interest and motivation in things they used to once love or goals they once had.
Academic support can help teens build skills and strategies to reach their goals. By providing academic support, teens can also build their self-esteem and confidence and learn more about themselves and their capabilities.
Three treatments that are used for PTSD include:
The effectiveness of treatment depends on each individual.
What works for one person may not work for another, and vice versa.
When developing a treatment plan, a person’s unique needs are considered, and different approaches to therapy might be tried until you find one that works for you.
PTSD can make it hard for a person to enjoy life and be happy.
Someone with PTSD may not act, think, or behave like they used to.
It can affect their whole life and daily functioning and can cause a negative strain on their responsibilities and relationships between family members and friends.
PTSD can also lead to negative thoughts, and a person with PTSD may also experience panic disorder, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, seek help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or if you are in imminent danger, call 911.
Sandstone Care provides age specific care for those who struggle with substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. We have treatment centers throughout the United States.
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
60-90 days of on-site 24/7 treatment.
We offer two residential treatment centers designed specifically for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
We help teens learn a healthy way to handle the daily challenges of their lives. We provide an intimate serene environment with smaller group sizes and a focus on strengthening the family unit. We provide robust academic support by certified teachers to ensure clients stay up to date on their coursework.
2-4 weeks of on-site day treatment.
Our Teen Day Treatment Program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care for teens that offers five days of robust programming a week.
Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help teens to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be, without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.
8-12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.
Our Teen IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address teen needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.
Our mood disorder track we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Our dual diagnosis track we are able to support teens with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social and academic habits while continuing with their school responsibilities.
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If your child or loved one is struggling with PTSD, it is important to help them feel safe.
They may need extra support and care, and being present and there when they need you makes all the difference.
Spend quality time with them whenever they are comfortable, and encourage healthy and relaxing activities such as going outside, exercising, journaling, or engaging in breathing exercises.
You can also help them maintain a stable and balanced routine when it comes to eating and sleeping.
One of the biggest ways you can help your teen with PTSD is by getting them professional help and supporting them throughout the treatment process.
Learning more about PTSD and educating yourself can help you better understand how to provide help and support.
There is no cure for PTSD; however, psychotherapy can be used to treat PTSD, sometimes without the need for medication.
Yes, children and teens can develop PTSD.
PTSD doesn’t necessarily go away.
However, with treatment and therapy, a person can get relief from some of the symptoms of PTSD and live healthy and happy lives.
According to Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, traumatic stress can be associated with lasting changes to areas of the brain, including the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex.
Research is being done on how PTSD alters the brain and how treatment can help.
PTSD may affect a person’s personality.
PTSD can lead to changes in a person’s mood, thinking, feelings, and behavior. Because of this, a person may not be or seem the same as they once were.
Someone with PTSD may avoid certain situations or lose interest in things they used to once love. By getting help for PTSD, a person can learn how to cope and manage their symptoms so that they can enjoy their life and do things they once used to love.
The most researched type of medication for treating PTSD is antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
SSRIs may help certain symptoms that can come with PTSD, including worry, anger, sadness, and emotional numbness.
The best and most effective treatment for PTSD typically involves psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both.
Having PTSD itself does not mean a person is disabled, but if the PTSD is so severe to the point where it affects their ability to function daily in society, then it could be considered a disability.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.