Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was once only associated with military veterans after being discharged and arriving back home. But over the years the definition of PTSD has evolved to include all kinds of stress disorders: effects of battles and war; physical assaults; the loss of a loved one – whether unexpected or not; a disaster of some kind; etc. Making matters worse, those close to someone affected by PTSD can also be affected by their loved one’s disorder and, as a result, suffer from secondary PTSD.
Because PTSD can cover so many different things and affect different people in so many ways, there are a variety of ways to treat it. Of course, there are individual therapists who will treat PTSD for their patients, but many people have found tremendous success by seeking out complex PTSD treatment centers.
Do Centers Only Offer In-Patient Treatment?
The simple answer is “no.” Some complex PTSD treatments are done through out-patient means only. Out-patient treatments can be standard, intensive, or packed into a week-long workshop. Other treatments can be done through a combination of partially in-patient, and partially out-patient; while still others are completed solely through in-patient programs. Some can be individual and private sessions, while others incorporate group activities into the treatment. It really depends on the person and the extent of their disorder.
Locating a Treatment Center
If trying to find a treatment center for you or a loved one, you will first want to check with your insurance company to see if there are certain places that they cover – either partially or in their entirety. If they have no requirements when it comes to a treatment facility, search the Internet for treatment centers that are geographically near you. Make sure they have been around for a while – or have professionals there with lots of experience – have a good reputation and have a high rate of success.
You should inquire about their types of treatment and make sure that you’re comfortable with them. A visit to the facilities would be highly recommended, if possible and, while references may be hard to get because of healthcare privacy laws, ask them if there are patients who have given permission for others to talk to them about their experiences.
Lastly, make sure any complex PTSD treatment centers you’re considering are in good standing with all state licensing or credentialing agencies and that they’ve not been sued by someone, had their license suspended or revoked by the state, and that they have a good reputation with the local Better Business Bureau.