Not everyone who goes through a scary or traumatic situation develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, for those that do, the mental health condition can significantly impair their quality of life. Stedman Clinical Trials in Tampa, Florida, conducts PTSD research studies so they can better understand this disorder and find more effective treatments. To learn more about PTSD clinical trials, call the office or click the online booking button.
PTSD is a mental health disorder that’s triggered after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. With PTSD, you may experience intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and flashbacks that interfere with work and relationships.
It’s not unusual to go through an adjustment period after a traumatic event. But with support and self-care, your symptoms should subside. With PTSD, the symptoms continue months or years after the event and tend to get worse instead of better.
PTSD can affect anyone at any age. It’s even possible to develop PTSD without a triggering traumatic event. For example, some people develop PTSD after losing a loved one.
PTSD symptoms usually develop within a month after the triggering event but can occur years later. Symptoms of this disorder are classified as follows:
Flashbacks, nightmares, and frightening thoughts are re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD.
Avoiding places, people, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event are avoidance symptoms.
For those who have PTSD, arousal, and reactivity symptoms are always present and don’t need to be triggered by things related to the traumatic experience. Angry outbursts, difficulty sleeping, and feeling on edge are arousal and reactivity symptoms.
Difficulty remembering details of the event, feelings of guilt, and lack of interest in usual activities are cognition and mood symptoms of PTSD.
Because PTSD affects everyone differently, no single treatment works for all. Your treatment may include medication, therapy, or both.
Though researchers have learned a lot about PTSD in recent years, much is still unknown. Stedman Clinical Trials participates in PTSD clinical trials so they can better understand the mental health disorder and work towards finding new and effective treatment options.
Pharmaceutical companies sponsor the research studies at Stedman Clinical Trials and may include therapies and medications not FDA-approved for the treatment of PTSD.
To learn more about PTSD clinical trials that may help you and others, call Stedman Clinical Trials today or click the online booking button.