Help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


We know you don’t want to forget what you’ve been through. But we can help you face it and defeat the demons that are bringing you down.

When you experience something traumatic — such as combat, an assault, a terrorist attack or a serious accident — you are often left feeling powerless and scared. That’s when the symptoms of PTSD — depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and isolation — start taking over your life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a series of symptoms that don’t simply go away after a traumatic experience. The most common symptoms include the following:

  • Avoiding activities you used to enjoy
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the attack or other trauma, such as not driving or staying away from crowds
  • Experiencing feelings of guilt or shame
  • Feeling anxious or hyper-alert or constantly looking out for danger
  • Reliving the event through bad memories, flashbacks or nightmares

You may think these feelings will pass if you ignore them. Or, you may feel that you’re weak if they don’t. But they won’t and you aren’t. You don’t have to face PTSD alone. Our team is here to help you overcome PTSD and to live the life you’ve earned and deserve.

Having PTSD does not mean you’re crazy, broken or weak. It is a normal human reaction when you’ve been in a life-threatening situation or experienced the horrors of war firsthand.

When you have PTSD, you don’t start feeling better day by day; instead, things seem to get worse and worse. Some signs that you may have PTSD include the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling depressed and hopeless
  • Feeling irritable and having emotional outbursts
  • Having nightmares and/or difficulty sleeping
  • Thinking that your family would be better off without you
  • Withdrawing from loved ones

PTSD is treatable. While it is never too late to get help for PTSD, the sooner you seek help the easier it will be for you to overcome PTSD and move forward.

At the center, we’ll listen to your story and work with you to find the best treatment possible. Here, you’ll get well-rounded support and care to help you live a strong, balanced life. Some possibilities for your treatment include the following:

Counseling: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of focused therapy that is effective for PTSD. CBT includes these therapies:

  • Cognitive processing therapy: Through this type of counseling, you’ll learn how your trauma affects you. It focuses on finding new ways to handle troubling thoughts by recognizing how you think and feel; learning skills to help you deal with the problems in your life; and finding a better balance between who you were before and who you are after the trauma.
  • Prolonged exposure therapy: This therapy can help you change how you react to stressful memories. It works by using breathing techniques to help you relax; learning to approach situations that you may have been avoiding because they are related to the trauma; and talking through your trauma with a professional.

Medications: Medication can help improve many of the symptoms related to your PTSD, such as trouble sleeping, anxiety and depression.

  • Anti-anxiety medications: Improve feelings of anxiety and stress
  • Antidepressants: Ease depression and anxiety and improve sleep and concentration difficulties
  • Antipsychotics: Relieve severe anxiety, sleep disturbances and emotional outbursts
  • Prazosin: Reduces and suppresses nightmares and improves sleep

Seeking help for PTSD is the first step toward regaining control over your life. You don’t have to take this step alone, either. Our team will be by your side, helping you determine the best course of action.

Treatment can help you learn to understand and cope with the challenges you’re facing. The goal is for you to feel better about yourself, your life and your relationships.

The center provides a safe, comfortable place to help you begin to heal. Here, you’ll:

  • Explore your thoughts and feelings about what you’ve been through
  • Work through feelings of guilt, blame and mistrust
  • Learn how to cope with and control your memories
  • Address the challenges PTSD has caused in your personal and professional life
  • Meet other veterans who have been through similar experiences
  • Find support from fellow veterans and dedicated health care professionals

People may have told you to “suck it up,” “just don’t think about it” or “relax and it’ll be fine.” But PTSD doesn’t work that way; it won’t just go away. When you ignore PTSD, it can begin taking over all aspects of your life. You may face some of the following challenges:

  • Difficulty holding down a job
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Fear in leaving the house
  • Strained relationships with friends and loved ones
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others

We know you have your own story to tell — and we want to hear it. Our team at the center includes veterans who have been there and understand what you’re going through.

We also have highly skilled counselors and health care professionals who are committed to helping you get back on track. We will listen and help you through it without judgment and without an agenda.

PTSD can have a devastating effect on your family. When you’re suffering with PTSD, your loved ones are suffering too. In fact, they may be experiencing similar symptoms to yours.

When suffering with PTSD, you may take out your emotions on your loved ones. You may:

  • Withdraw from your parents, spouse and/or children
  • Isolate yourself socially
  • Fight with friends and family
  • Become violent with the people who you love the most

Come into the center for a visit to learn more about PTSD and how our team can help you.

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“I had a couple of rock-bottom moments before I decided I needed help.”

When I got back, I was completely numb. For five years, I isolated myself. I did a lot of drinking, a lot of self-destructive behavior. If people asked, I preferred not to talk about it. Like Pandora’s box… if you don’t open it, those emotions don’t rise up. Finally I realized I was about to do something stupid. That’s when I knew I needed help.

Chris, Iraq veteran