Dr. Sambunaris & Associates
Psychiatrist & Wellness Specialist located in Alpharetta, GA
Someone who has been in the midst of a horrifying event like military combat, a major traffic collision, a drive-by shooting, or domestic abuse can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Dr. Sambunaris & Associates in Alpharetta, Georgia, psychiatrist Angelo Sambunaris, MD, regularly assists men and women who are suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, and extreme anxiety. If PTSD is interfering with the quality of your life, call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.
PTSD Q & A
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD is a psychological ailment marked by long-term feelings of stress, anxiety, and persistent, uncontrollable thoughts.
PTSD is either ongoing (chronic) or short-term (acute). PTSD isn’t always caused by a dangerous or violent event. In some cases, an event like the death of a loved one is enough to cause PTSD symptoms.
What are the different categories of PTSD symptoms?
The symptoms of PTSD are separated into four types: intrusive thoughts, avoiding reminders, negative thoughts and feelings, and arousal and reactive symptoms.
Intrusive thoughts are dreams, nightmares, and/or memories tied to the traumatic event. Flashbacks and physical reactions like heart palpitations and sweaty palms can also result from intrusive thoughts.
Many people with PTSD go out of their way to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event. Others avoid places, people, and activities that can potentially trigger unwanted memories.
Negative thoughts and feelings
PTSD affects every aspect of an individual’s mental health. Research shows people with PTSD are more likely to think negative thoughts about themselves and others, experience feelings of hopelessness about the future, and find it difficult to feel positive about anything.
Arousal and reactive symptoms
PTSD also affects your physical and emotional reactions. For example, you may have trouble concentrating, suffer from frequent sleep disturbances, or experience frequent irritability and/or anger. These arousal and reactive symptoms of PTSD make it difficult for you to relax and let go of tension.
Is PTSD associated with other health problems?
Yes. Men and women diagnosed with PTSD are more likely to suffer from associated issues like depression and substance abuse.
How is PTSD treated?
Dr. Sambunaris has more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating PTSD in military veterans and civilians.
First, he performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. He runs a series of tests, including a full blood panel, if needed, to rule out other potential ailments.
If Dr. Sambunaris determines you have PTSD, he develops a treatment plan that involves medication as well as healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Depending on your progress, he could also prescribe ketamine therapy, an innovative method of care that provides promising results.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms associated with PTSD, it’s important to reach out to Dr. Sambunari right away. Call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.