How to treat PTSD Using Traditional and Behavioral Therapies?

Do you wake up all of sudden at night or feel short of breath or find your heart beating really fast against your chest? If yes, then there is a good chance that you are suffering from Panic and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A person suffering from PTSD experiences innumerable feelings such as fear, pain and restlessness. Such a person is always engulfed in negative thoughts and emotions and tends to stay away from family and friends. So, if any of your close friends or family members is experiencing similar sleeplessness, anxiety, pain and depression, then consult an expert therapist who can provide holistic treatment for trauma and stress.

Who Experiences PTSD?

People who may have experienced violent and sexual trauma or have witnessed a family member or friend undergoing trauma are most likely to develop PTSD. Such people are diagnose with one or many of the behavioral changes and symptoms including negative mood and cognitions, avoidance, increased state of arousal as well as re-experiencing.

How to Treat PTSD?

Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t a very easy task. To begin with the friends and family members can offer unconditional support to the patient. This will make the patient feel safe and he/she will respond better to the healing program. In addition to this, people who experience trauma need a lot of rest and they must sleep for at least 9-10 hours in the day. This would allow them to enjoy a sound sleep and regenerate there body. Additionally, sleep will also restore the patient’s nervous system and reduce stress.

Apart from the above mentioned steps, a therapist may also recommend one or more of the below mentioned therapies to treat a patient appropriately.  

Integrated Approach

The integrated approach to providing therapy allows the therapists to use multiple approaches to treat patient effectively. Therapists may choose an approach based on the requirements of the client during a therapy session. Thus, the therapist focuses on the patient’s strength to identify solutions that can help him/her recover fast.

Specialized Therapies

Many therapists also adopt play therapy to treat their patients. This allows a patient to open up and relax. This also helps them in minimizing their stress, depression and anger and anxiety level to a great extent.


This is yet another therapy, wherein a therapist utilizes biological signals emitted by the patient’s body to bring about improvements in his/her health. This treatment is highly effective for patients suffering from anxiety problems.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This particular therapy is effective in treating both adults and children who may have experienced some kind of trauma. An experienced therapist uses art, talk, relaxation and narration based techniques for treating children suffering from PTSD. As part of the treatment, a therapist offers psycho-education and other methods to deal with feelings of anxiousness and anger. The moment a patient shows signs of recovery, the therapist uses drawing and narration to help the patient discuss his/her own story.

Depending upon the patient’s conditions, a therapist may also use traditional therapies to treat the patient’s condition. Some of these therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Group Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic Counseling.

Panic and PTSD Hypnotherapy Center San Diego

1761 Hotel Circle South, Suite 356

San Diego, CA 92108 USA

Phone: (619) 961-7555

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,