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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment in the North Shore, Massachusetts

Do you or your loved one struggle with the aftermath of a traumatic event? You are not alone and getting help early boosts recovery chances. We can support you with both medical and non-pharmacological treatments.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is caused by witnessing or experiencing deeply traumatic events. Symptoms usually appear shortly after the event, but can sometimes take months, years, or decades.

Recognizing their early signs is vital for effective treatment and coping.

How Does PTSD Feel? Symptoms and Signs of PTSD

PTSD manifests differently in everyone. Common signs include:

Intrusive thoughts. Repeated, unwanted distressing memories, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Avoidance and numbing. Distancing from memories of trauma, emotional detachment, or memory gaps related to the event.

Negative thinking. Feelings of guilt, sadness, anger, or anxiety. Self-blame is common.

Physical changes. Disturbed sleep, impaired focus, heightened startle response, irritability, and physical symptoms like headaches, stomach issues, or an elevated heart rate.

Risky behaviors. Substance abuse, self-harm, or reckless actions may be coping mechanisms.

Addressing these symptoms early can prevent long-term impacts on life and relationships.

How to Cope With PTSD

Treating PTSD involves a combination of medical and psychotherapeutic approaches:

Psychotherapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for negative thought pattern alteration, exposure therapy for trauma confrontation, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for distressing memory processing.

Medications

Antidepressants for depression and anxiety symptoms, Prazosin for sleep improvement, and in severe cases, atypical antipsychotics for anxiety or dissociation. Medications should only be selected by mental health professionals.

Non-Pharmacological Methods

Certain PTSD symptoms can be treated without medication.

Relaxation techniques, mindfulness, yoga, and breathing exercises to alleviate symptoms.

How We Can Support You

Our psychiatric nurse practitioners and life coaches offer people with PTSD personalized plans, including medication management, psychoeducation, and evidence-based non-pharmacological treatments.

At Alta MH, we see you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Our goal is to help you improve your mental health in a meaningful way – guiding and supporting you in changing your thoughts, feelings, and actions for lasting improvements and a happier, brighter future.

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How You Can Pay

Accepted Insurances

Self-Pay Rates

  • Medicare 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield 

  • United Healthcare 

  • Always / Mass General Brigham Health Plan 

  • Harvard Pilgrim 

  • Cigna 

  • Aetna 

No-show or late cancellation (under 24 hours) fee: $50.

Medication Clinic:

  • Initial intake – $250

  • Follow-up – $175


Outpatient Therapy: ​

  • Family – $225

  • Parenting coaching – $150 (individual)

  • Parenting coaching – $200 (couple)

  • Group Therapy – $100 per person

Individual Therapy:

  • 30 Minute – $70

  • 45 Minute – $100

  • 60 Minute – $130

Key Questions on PTSD

Who is most at risk of developing PTSD?

PTSD risk varies based on several factors:

  • Long-term trauma exposure.

  • Childhood abuse.

  • Occupations involving life-threatening situations (e.g., military, firefighting, rescue work).

  • Pre-existing mental health issues or a family history of mental illnesses.

  • Substance abuse problems.

  • Lack of a strong support network.

Can I treat my PTSD without medication?

Yes, certain PTSD symptoms can be treated without medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are two effective methods.
These therapies mainly focus on changing negative thought patterns and safely confronting traumatic memories, which can help reduce PTSD symptoms like intrusive thoughts and emotional distress.

Can PTSD stay with you for life?

PTSD cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The right treatment can help you manage symptoms effectively and find significant relief.

Can I treat my PTSD on my own?

Self-care and involvement in your healing process are important, but professional treatment is often necessary for managing PTSD effectively. This may include therapy, medication, or a combination, depending on individual needs and symptoms.

Mental health professionals provide crucial support and expertise, enabling faster recovery. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Can I live a normal life with PTSD?

Yes, many people with PTSD lead fulfilling lives. You can manage symptoms and maintain a good quality of life with appropriate therapy, coping strategies, and a supportive network.

Is hypnosis effective for treating PTSD?

Evidence supporting hypnosis as a treatment for PTSD is limited. More commonly, PTSD is treated with proven therapies like CBT and EMDR, as well as medication when necessary.

Request Your First Consultation Today

Start here for better mental health. Book a consultation today and take steps to a happier, healthier you.

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