post traumatic disorder


While we tend to think of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an affliction of military veterans in combat scenarios, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in anyone who has suffered or witnessed a traumatic event. This includes combat, but PTSD can also be found in survivors of natural disasters, witnesses or victims of violent crimes (rape, assault, murder, etc.), those involved in high stress and life risking occupations such as police and fire personnel, people involved in a car crash, and those witnessing terrorist attacks. Victims of childhood traumas, such as neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can also suffer from PTSD. 

PTSD manifests itself in many ways. Depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, hostility, obsessive behaviors, or isolation are common PTSD responses. Dr. Warren helps patients find healthy ways of dealing with the effects of the trauma, build and repair damaged self-esteem, and combat substance abuse or destructive behaviors often associated with PTSD. Those struggling with PTSD often benefit from additional couples, family, or group therapy as the effects of PTSD are often impactful on their relationships with others.