After a traumatic or life-threatening event, some people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During PTSD episodes, people relive the trauma in various ways against their will. Over time, symptoms may worsen. Mental health specialists at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia provide Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment programs tailored to the patient and their needs.
Diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Prior to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we utilize the PTSD Symptom Scale--Interview Version- a brief, 17-question interview - to identify your symptoms, confirm a diagnosis of PTSD, and determine your eligibility for treatment programs with prolonged exposure therapy (PE).
Causes of PTSD
It is unknown why one person will develop PTSD and others do not. Einstein's inpatient and outpatient PTSD treatment programs in Philadelphia provide care for patients who've experienced or witnessed traumatic events such as:
- Military combat
- Sexual, emotional, or physical abuse
- Life-threatening accidents, such as car accidents or transportation crashes
- Natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, or hurricanes
- Terrorist activities or violent crimes
Every day events such as a backfiring car or watching a rape scene on TV could trigger you to relive your traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Withdrawing from activities or hobbies
- Depression or a numb feeling
- Startling easily
- Emotional numbness
- Extreme distress when reminded of the trauma
- Sleep disturbances
- Struggling to maintain close relationships
- Difficulty concentrating
Individual PTSD Treatments
Multidisciplinary staff at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia formulate individualized inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for after a thorough examination. Examples of PTSD treatments offered by Einstein include:
Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) to help you process the traumatic event and improve your coping will be utilized if our staff determines you are eligible.
As a comprehensive mental health provider, we offer a wide spectrum of post-traumatic stress disorder therapies and treatments.
Medication. If necessary, psychotropic medications may be used in conjunction with PTSD treatment options.
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Outpatient & Inpatient PTSD Treatment Locations
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
5501 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA 19141