- How to Help A Loved One Seek Inpatient Care for PTSD
- Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- Program Philosophy and Benefits
- Treatment Options for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at Highland Ridge Hospital
- Continuing Care and Levels of Care
- Getting Help For a Borderline PTSD From Us
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that results from experiencing a severe trauma. Suffering from PTSD can make you feel like you’re going crazy – you can’t relax during the day and you can’t sleep no matter how much you try. Your brain is always scanning the environment, looking for danger, even in situations where you’re safe. People may not relate to what you’re going through, which can make keeping friendships and romantic relationships a major challenge. You’re haunted by the experience and no matter how you try, you can’t escape the flashbacks and intrusive memories of the event. You may feel you’ll never recover from this horrible disease.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we’ve helped a great many teens, adults, and older adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder learn to cope with their symptoms, reduce the severity of symptoms, and go on to lead a happy, productive, and fulfilled life.
How to Help A Loved One Seek Inpatient Care for PTSD
When your loved one is struggling with the overwhelming symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, you may be at a loss as to how to help them. You may not want to say anything for fear of triggering an episode, but you feel your loved one desperately needs help. Here are some tips for approaching your loved one and guiding him or her into the treatment he or she needs:
Patience: People who have PTSD may balk at changes and feel shame that they’re struggling with PTSD while many others who went through a similar trouble do not. They may feel isolated and alone, unsure of how to even bring up the idea of PTSD. Be patient with your loved one. His or her outbursts and anger are not directed at you; your loved one may not even be able to control his or her moods. Be patient and kind.
Research PTSD: Being able to approach your loved one from a place of knowledge and compassion can be the difference in them agreeing to treatment and flat-out denying the need for treatment. Learning as much as you can about the symptoms of PTSD will allow you to be your loved one’s advocate and make sure he or she is given the care he or she deserves.
Listen Openly: PTSD is an anxiety disorder shrouded in shame. Most people feel weak for developing the disorder after the trauma because others did not. They may be hesitant to talk about their feelings as they fear being judged. Listen openly and compassionately to your loved one. Ask questions and really listen to the responses.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Living with PTSD is like living through a nightmare. You’ve had to avoid so many places, things, and people who remind you of the event. You’re trapped in your mind, experiencing and re-experiencing the event during the waking hours, and your nights are filled with nightmares and night terrors. You know you need to get help, but it’s terribly hard to admit just how much you are suffering.
Inpatient care that consists of medication management and a wide array of therapeutic modalities has been shown to be particularly effective for people who have post-traumatic stress disorder. An inpatient program allows you to get away from daily life and stress and enter into an atmosphere guided by healing. Through an inpatient program, you’ll be able to learn the skills you need to be successful in your recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of medical and mental healthcare professionals are dedicated to one thing – helping the children, teens, adults, and older adults who come to us. You’ll see our commitment to caring in the way we’re always available to talk. Your treatment team will meet on a regular basis to make sure you’re meeting and exceeding the treatment goals you’ve set with your team and adjusting your plan of care as needed. We believe that you’re a whole person who needs individualized care and attention to best recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, and we work tirelessly to make certain you receive only the most up-to-date and empirically validated treatments. At Highland Ridge Hospital, our commitment is to you.
Treatment Options for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you come to us for help, you’ll first undergo a series of examinations that will allow us greater insight into your strengths and challenges. A medical examination will be done to determine if you are struggling with any medical conditions and if you’ve been self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Our psychiatric evaluations will allow us to determine the severity of your PTSD as well as the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders that may be complicating your recovery. We’ll use the results of these evaluations to work with you to create a plan of care that meets all of your needs.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help manage unpleasant symptoms and better allow you to participate in your treatment. Many people will be able to taper off medications as they learn new coping skills. Some people may require longer-term medication management as a part of their treatment plan. The usage of medication will be based upon the findings of the treatment team.
Individual therapy is an excellent way for people who have PTSD to begin to explore their feelings about the traumatic event that precipitated the disorder. You’ll be able to work through some of the trauma you experienced, the symptoms that are causing you great difficulty, and ways to cope with the symptoms.
Group therapy can be an excellent tool for people recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder, as PTSD often creates tremendous feelings of isolation among those who suffer from it. Group will allow you to connect with other people who are experiencing similar challenges, so that you can all grow, learn, and heal from each other. Highland Ridge Hospital proudly offers both process-based and psychoeducational groups to our patients that will allow you to learn more about your illness and process your feelings.
Family therapy is a vital part of recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder as family support can help you get through this trying time. Family therapy will help mend any problems in the family system, allow your loved ones to share their feelings about your PTSD, and let your loved ones take a more active role in your recovery. We’ll also connect your loved ones with community resources to allow for their continued healing.
As a holistic treatment center, Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer a variety of experiential methods to complement the traditional therapies you’ll receive. These methods may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
When you come to us for help with your PTSD, we make certain to place you in the least restrictive level of care for your current challenges. Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to treat people across the lifespan – from childhood through older adults – through a spectrum of care. Our intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP), will allow you to work on your recovery while remaining in your community. Our inpatient program treats people of all ages who require help with mental health or behavioral health problems.
As your time with us comes to an end, you’ll closely work with our discharge planner to create a plan of care for your continued recovery. Some people choose to step down into our intensive outpatient programs – PHP and IOP – and slowly reintegrate back into their community. Others feel they’ve made enough progress during their stay with us that they’re able to return home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.
Getting Help For a Borderline PTSD From Us
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.