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If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of PTSD, don’t go it alone. Living with PTSD is manageable with the right care. Mercy’s behavioral health professionals offer diagnostic and treatment services that help you find recovery and healing.
The diagnosis of your condition by a Mercy behavioral health provider is the next step. To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must have all of the following symptoms for at least one month:
Mercy behavioral health professionals may perform additional psychological assessments to diagnose adult PTSD, which could include:
Screening and assessment for PSTD in children may also include:
At Mercy, we understand that partnering with family members results in better outcomes for our PTSD patients. Your Mercy care team will work with you and your family to develop an individualized treatment plan after receiving a diagnosis. Effective treatment for PTSD often includes psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication. Watch for changes in your symptoms and behaviors throughout treatment for PTSD. Your Mercy provider will work with you to monitor treatment effectiveness, identify side effects and make adjustments over time.
Anti-anxiety medications can help relieve PTSD symptoms and make therapy more effective. Certain serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are FDA-approved to treat adults with PTSD and are often the medication of choice. Talk with your Mercy behavioral health professional about the benefits and risks of these medications, as well as any other options that might be right for you.
Turning to alcohol or drugs to self-manage PTSD only makes the condition worse and could lead to self-destructive behaviors. When you’re diagnosed with PTSD and dependent on drugs or alcohol, you’re considered to have a dual diagnosis. Your Mercy care team understands that a comprehensive treatment plan focused on the causes of PTSD will often include treatment for drug or alcohol use.
While not all treatments are available in all areas, Mercy offers a variety of services across the communities we serve. Our behavioral health professionals can direct you to the best possible care.
Getting the right treatment is critical. Don’t let embarrassment prevent you from getting help for PTSD. Remember, 1 in 5 Americans is affected by mental illnesses, which are medical conditions like any other that require treatment to improve. At Mercy, you’ll receive care with dignity and respect. We’re dedicated to helping you return to a satisfying and healthy life.
Mercy offers inpatient and outpatient locations for mental health disorders, including PTSD, across most communities.