Posttraumatic stress disorder is a treatable medical condition. At Conway Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand the challenges having PTSD brings. Our experienced and compassionate team will be with you through every step of treatment.
Learn more about PTSD treatment at our center near Little Rock, Arkansas
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops when an individual is exposed to one or more traumatic events. Many people witness and personally experience some form of trauma, and find that it is not always simple to overcome the emotional damage that is left behind. Events such as combat exposure, natural disasters, the loss of a loved one, accidents, and even divorce can trigger the onset of PTSD, and in order to manage the symptoms of this mental health condition, you will need comprehensive professional treatment.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of PTSD, and you feel lost and without hope, know that you are not alone and that treatment is available. At our hospital, our team of experienced, understanding professionals are dedicated to helping you cope with the symptoms and effects of PTSD so that you can live a happy, healthy life.
How to Help a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get PTSD treatment
If a loved one or family member is showing signs of PTSD, you may not know what to do. Although you may feel intimidated, fearful, and unprepared, helping your loved one get the treatment he or she needs is the best thing you can do. As you make strides towards helping your loved one, consider the following:
- Research PTSD by looking up the signs, symptoms, and effects of this condition. Learn as much as you can about PTSD in order to gain a better understanding of what your loved one is going through.
- Find out what kinds of treatment options are available in your loved one’s area. Consider inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, and conduct your search based on his or her treatment needs.
- Talk to your loved one about your concerns, and share the information you have gathered. Be ready for him or her to be resistant; however, remain calm and be understanding during this conversation.
- If your loved one accepts help, let them know that you will be supportive during and after treatment. Offer to help in ways that can make his or her transition into treatment as seamless as possible.
Types of Treatment
Why consider PTSD treatment at our hospital near Little Rock, Arkansas
Without the proper treatment, you can continue to struggle with the symptoms of PTSD, and experience many negative effects. These symptoms can make it difficult for you to concentrate, sleep, perform at work or school, control fluctuations in mood, and more. Additionally, the presence of PTSD can cause you to turn to substance abuse as a means of coping with your symptoms. When substance abuse and PTSD occur at the same time, your overall mental and physical health can become jeopardized.
But if you make the decision to receive treatment for PTSD, you can avoid these symptoms and/or stop them from getting worse. PTSD is highly treatable, and with the appropriate attention and care, your symptoms can be managed.
Types of Treatment
Types of PTSD treatment offered at our center
When you or a loved one enters treatment for PTSD at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital, you will work in close collaboration with a team of experienced professionals to complete a course of treatment that has been developed specifically for you.
Our state-of-the-art hospital in Conway, Arkansas, is designed to serve individuals and families throughout the Little Rock-North Metro community. Here, you will have the opportunity to receive comprehensive therapeutic support as well as certain medical services, all provided with dignity and respect within a structured and supportive environment.
When you arrive at our center, one of your first activities will be to complete a thorough assessment. This process ensures that we have identified and are prepared to treat all of the issues that have been preventing you from living a healthier and more satisfying life.
Depending upon the results of that initial assessment, as well as our ongoing monitoring of your progress, your personalized treatment plan at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital may feature the following elements:
The focus of treatment at our hospital is on mental and behavioral challenges such as posttraumatic stress disorder, but we also provide certain medical services to ensure that we are able to best meet the unique needs of each person who heals with us. Medical care at our center may be provided by a medical doctor, physician assistants, registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice nurses (APNs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
As noted above, prior to starting treatment for PTSD, you will complete a thorough assessment. Part of this assessment will involve determining if you can benefit from having certain prescription medications included in your personalized treatment plan. If such a determination is made, you will receive medication management services, including as many meetings with a psychiatrist as you need, throughout your time in treatment with us. Also, medication management services may be added or adjusted during your time in our program based upon our continued monitoring of your progress.
A one-on-one meeting with a licensed therapist or counselor can be an optimal opportunity for you to process treatment-related successes and setbacks, address issues that you may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting, and get personalized guidance related to your recovery from PTSD. Every person who heals with us will participate in at least one individual session, and additional sessions can be scheduled if needed.
Groups are a fundamental element of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder at our center. During your time in treatment with us, you may participate in process, skills rehearsal, recreational, and psychoeducational groups. All groups are led by experienced professionals, including nurses, therapists, and counselors. We typically schedule at least four groups per day. The following are a few examples of the many topics that may be discussed during group therapy sessions at our hospital:
- Substance abuse
- Emotional regulation skills
- Distress tolerance skills
- Adapting leisure skills
- Medication management
At our hospital, we know that your struggles with PTSD may have impacted or been affected by your friends and family members. We also appreciate the great value that loved ones can bring to the recovery process. For these reasons, we include weekly family therapy sessions for all who are healing with us. During these sessions, which are led by a licensed therapist or counselor, you and your loved ones will have the opportunity to heal rifts, develop healthier communication skills, and learn to function in a more unified and supportive manner.
Continuing care after treatment for PTSD at our center.
Your time our treatment center can be an important step on your journey of recovery from PTSD. However, we understand that your experience with us will be just one part of a longer process. In order to ensure that you are prepared to maintain and build up on the progress that you make while in our care, we provide detailed discharge planning services.
The discharge planning process begins the day you enter treatment at our center. As you advance through your personalized treatment plan, the members of your treatment team will document your progress, identify issues that may merit continued attention, and recommend follow-on placement, community-based services, and other resources that will support your continued recovery.
As is the case with all aspects of care at our hospital near Little Rock, Arkansas, the elements of your discharge plan will be selected based upon their ability to meet your unique needs and best prepare you for long-term success.