It is incredibly common for military veterans to experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, after returning from war. As a military veteran, you may have seen or experienced deeply traumatizing events, and this can affect you even when you are back to civilian life. In the military, you are asked to put your feelings to the side in order to protect our country. However, ignoring the very real and intrusive symptoms of PTSD is not something that you can ignore, for the sake of your health and everyone around you. You do not have to suffer alone. At Kentlands Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, we have a lot of experience in PTSD treatment for veterans. We can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms for your trauma, and therefore, improve the quality of your life.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

Recurring flashbacks or nightmares of the event that feel very real

Intrusive thoughts about the event

Feeling disconnected from your loved ones

Depression

Loss of interest

Hypervigilance; always feeling a sense of impending danger

Trouble sleeping

Difficulty concentrating

Feel anxious or “on edge” all the time

If you are experiencing these symptoms after returning from war, know that there is hope. Research on PTSD treatments shows that both psychotherapy and medication are effective treatments for military veterans with PTSD. There are also certain lifestyle changes you can make to help you cope with PTSD symptoms. For example, you may find that talking to other veterans with PTSD helps because you know you have a connection. Exercise has also proven to be effective to help treat symptoms of depression and anxiety. Your loved ones are also there to be resources for you. Reach out to them when you are ready to talk to them, and let them know if there are any activities or places that aggravate your PTSD symptoms.
When you are ready for help, Kentlands Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg is here for you. Contact us today.