At TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we understand the emotional burden that is posttraumatic stress disorder, and we also understand how beneficial it can be to receive treatment for this type of mental health concern.
PTSD Treatment Overview
Learn more about PTSD treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health disorder that develops in the aftermath of one or more traumatic events. Individuals who experience or witness traumatic events such as a physical attack, sexual assault, life-threatening accidents or illnesses, acts of terrorism, and other occurrences may experience a variety of distressing symptoms, including but not limited to flashbacks (or recurring involuntary memories of the event), nightmares, dissociative reactions, and other forms of psychological distress when they are reminded of the trauma. These PTSD symptoms can prompt the individual to make significant changes in his or her behavior patterns, which can have a profound negative impact on both the substance and quality of his or her life.
At TrustPoint Hospital, we have considerable experience helping individuals whose lives have been disrupted by trauma and PTSD, and we have developed specialized programming that has proved to be particularly effective at helping individuals with PTSD learn to manage their symptoms, regain control over their behaviors, and resume living healthier and more productive lives.
Helping a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for PTSD
If a friend or family member has been struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder, then you are well aware of the degree to which this disorder can impact not only the afflicted individual, but also the lives of his or her loved ones. You probably also know that, in order for a person to fully recover from PTSD, he or she needs effective, professional care. What you may not realize, though, is that you can play a key role in ensuring that your loved one gets the help that he or she needs.
The most important first step that you can take is to educate yourself about how PTSD affects an individual’s mind and body. Understanding what your loved one is experiencing is an essential component of the effort to provide him or her with valuable feedback and meaningful support.
While conducting your research into PTSD, you will also want to learn about the types of treatment that have helped others who were experiencing challenges that are similar to what your loved one is going through, and identify specific programs that provide the care that is best suited to loved one’s needs. Both your education about PTSD and your research into treatment options can be enhanced by contacting mental health experts, consulting with support groups and advocacy organizations, and visiting reputable websites.
Ideally, you will be communicating with your loved one throughout this process. Talking to him or her about his or her struggles, expressing your concerns, and sharing the information that you have been gathering will hopefully occur on an ongoing basis. In addition to ensuring that your loved one knows that he or she has your support, this communication will provide you with invaluable insights into what your loved one is experiencing and how he or she feels about getting treatment.
The degree to which he or she welcomes or resists suggestions about getting help will guide you in how best to direct your efforts and energy. If he or she acknowledges the problem and agrees to get help, you can enlist his or her assistance as you research treatment options, visit programs, and gather relevant information. If, however, he or she is opposed to getting help, then you will need to consult with program personnel or other experts to learn how best to talk about treatment to someone who is resistant or even hostile to the idea.
Part of the process of getting your loved one into a program may involve removing logistical obstacles. Making appointments, providing transportation, accompanying him or her to facility tours, arranging for childcare, and proving other forms of tangible support may eliminate the barriers that have been preventing your loved one from agreeing to enter a program, and can free him or her in order to focus on the important work of getting better.
Of course, it is also important to remember that treatment is just one part of what can be a long process of recovery from PTSD. Your loved one will need your compassion and support before, during, and after he or she is in a PTSD treatment center. Plan to be ready, willing, and able to provide whatever support he or she needs, every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment
Why consider PTSD treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN
Without proper care, an individual who has been struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder may experience a wide range of negative effects and outcomes. Depending upon the nature and severity of his or her symptoms, it may be difficult if not impossible for an individual who is living with untreated PTSD to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, perform appropriately in school or at work, and/or otherwise meet his or her personal, academic, and occupational responsibilities. Untreated posttraumatic stress disorder, and the behaviors that result from PTSD symptoms, can cause a person to experience family discord, lose his or her job, suffer from deteriorating physical and mental health, withdraw and become isolated, and engage in a variety of additional self-defeating behaviors, including aggression, self-harm, and suicide. However, with effective comprehensive care, individuals who previously struggled with PTSD can become empowered to once again live healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.
Types of Treatment
Types of PTSD treatment offered at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN
Located on a 17-acre campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, TrustPoint Hospital is an acute care treatment center that is dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients who are in need of immediate treatment to address the symptoms of PTSD. With a steadfast mission to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families, our highly qualified and experienced staff members ensure that all patients receive care that is safe, efficient, reliable, and elicits lasting results. At TrustPoint, we deliver patient-centered treatment that addresses each individual as the unique person that he or she is, helping him or her to achieve his or her recovery goals, while receiving the compassion, integrity, honesty, and trust that he or she deserves.
At TrustPoint, our behavioral healthcare treatment center is separated into three distinct units. These units include the Adult Behavioral Health Unit, the Adult Affective Disorders Unit, and the Senior Psychiatry Unit. Individuals ages 18 and older who are suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or mood disorders will receive treatment in the Adult Affective Disorders Unit, while individuals who are suffering from thought disorders or other co-occurring disorders will be treated on the Adult Behavioral Health Unit. Individuals aged 65 and older who are suffering from behavioral disturbances as they relate to dementia or other cognitive disorders will receive care on the Senior Psychiatry Unit.
During the admissions process, prospective patients will participate in a thorough assessment so that pertinent information can be gathered, including the symptoms that are present that indicate the need for treatment. The information provided will help clinicians determine what the most appropriate level of care will be for meeting that individual’s specific needs. Included in that determination will be which unit will best help the patient achieve his or her recovery goals.
When patients receive care in any of TrustPoint’s units, including those who are receiving care for posttraumatic stress disorder, they are given a thorough individualized treatment plan in order to ensure that their particular needs and concerns are appropriately addressed. The following therapeutic interventions may be incorporated into these treatment plans:
Medication management: Patients who are struggling with symptoms related to psychiatric concerns, including those associated with PTSD, often benefit from the implementation of certain psychotropic medications. The prescribing of any medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who are taking medication will have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist, Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP), physician, and/or nurse practitioner on an ongoing basis for medication management services.
Individual therapy: Licensed practitioners provide individual therapy on an as-needed basis to patients who are receiving treatment for the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Most individual counseling sessions occur with a social worker, and the frequency of those sessions will be determined based on each individual’s clinical need.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions can be of immense benefit to individuals who are suffering from the symptoms of PTSD. Group sessions are held throughout the day and are conducted by social worker, nursing, or adjunct staff members. Social work and nursing groups are either didactic or process-oriented, depending on the patient population and the clinical needs of those participating in the group. The topics discussed during the group therapy sessions will vary, but may include the following:
- Medication management
- Grief and loss
- Anger management
- Disease / disorder education
- Communication skills
- Stress management
- Healthy boundaries
- Guilt and shame
Family therapy: When an individual is suffering from PTSD, including his or her family members into treatment can often be extremely beneficial. When doing so is deemed clinically appropriate for a patient, family therapy sessions will be scheduled on an as-needed basis. These sessions are led by a qualified and experienced social worker.
Experiential therapy: In order to support a holistic approach to treatment when patients are learning to manage the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, the staff at TrustPoint has found that incorporating experiential therapies into the overall plans of care can be helpful in the recovery and healing process. The types of experiential therapies that patients may participate in during their time at TrustPoint can include the following:
- Music therapy
- Aroma therapy
- Outside physical activity when appropriate
The typical length of stay in the Affective Disorder and Behavioral Health Units is between seven and 10 days, while those receiving care in the Senior Psychiatry Unit typically stay for 10 to 14 days. The exact amount of time that a patient will spend at TrustPoint, however, is always based solely on his or her clinical needs.
Because TrustPoint’s PTSD treatment center delivers acute care to those in need, we recognize how important the discharge process is. In order to ensure that patients remain successful in the recovery gains that they have made while in our care, we strive to set up appropriate continuing care options for them that will best meet their ongoing needs. During a patient’s stay, an interdisciplinary team meeting is held so as to discuss and formulate a discharge plan and set up options for ongoing care services. The information is then presented to the patient and his or her family members.
If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD and could benefit from comprehensive care in order to stabilize, handle crises, and/or learn how to better manage symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact the caring and compassionate staff at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. You or your loved one’s suffering can end today.