Experiencing a traumatic event can cause a great deal of pain. For some individuals that have experienced a traumatic event, over time, the associated fear and anxiety eventually dissipate. For others, however, the fear and anxiety remain constant, or even worsen, as time passes. In such instances, it is possible that these individuals are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Posttraumatic stress disorder is a mental illness that is caused by being exposed to a traumatic event. A traumatic event can be anything that invokes feelings of helplessness and fear, or that may cause an individual to believe that his or her life, or the life of a loved one, is in danger. Examples of traumatic events include domestic violence, car accidents, natural disasters, rape, and military combat.
At Options Behavioral Health, we understand the complexities of PTSD and the degree of anguish that this disorder can cause. We also know that facing the emotions that result from experiencing a traumatic event may seem unbearable. However, we are proud to have helped many people at our center learn to manage the symptoms of PTSD by offering state-of-the-art treatment that is provided by an experienced team of professionals. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including posttraumatic stress disorder. At our hospital, individuals can learn the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of programming at our center that are tailored to meet our patients’ specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staff members are dedicated to, not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals who are in need of acute care while at our hospital to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of PTSD symptoms, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of our center’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The use of certain medications may be beneficial in alleviating some of the symptoms that people experience as a result of PTSD. The implementation of any medication, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week at our hospital for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people at our center who are struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which their trauma(s) affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their depression, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of treatment used in the alleviation of PTSD symptoms at Options Behavioral Health. Each day at our hospital, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are held during our center’s group sessions can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Creating Change
- Trust and Respect
- Power and Control
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Goals Groups
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Brain Games
- Anger Management
- Coping Skills
- Identifying Patterns
- Healthy Relationships
- Current Events
- Arts and Crafts
- Discharge Planning
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help our hospital’s patients and their family members explore the ways in which trauma and the resulting symptoms of PTSD have affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about posttraumatic stress disorder, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities at our hospital are offered twice each day and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups in which patients participate. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage in include:
- Recreation Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from PTSD, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each program within our center facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.