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PTSD Specialist

Amr Beltagui, MD

Board-Certified Psychiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often isn’t something you can just get over. In Los Angeles, California, Amr Beltagui, MD, offers dedicated care and proactive treatment to help you move past your trauma. If you’re interested in learning how Dr. Beltagui helps patients with PTSD, call the office or request an appointment online.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect people from all walks of life. This disorder results from seeing or experiencing a traumatic incident. This could be anything from abuse in the home to violence while at war to a car accident. 

In fact, the American Psychiatric Association says that an estimated 1 in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point during their life. 

While experiencing fear after a shocking event is completely normal, PTSD lingers with the person, often affecting their life for years to come manifesting through a variety of symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms are broken into four categories:

Avoidance

After experiencing a traumatic event, you may take steps to avoid anything that reminds you of the trauma. You avoid talking or thinking about the event, and you may withdraw from relationships or activities you enjoyed before that remind you of the event. 

Intrusive thoughts

Perhaps the most challenging symptom of PTSD, intrusive thoughts, can come unbidden at any time. Many people with PTSD relive the traumatic experience in nightmares or have flashbacks of it while awake. 

Cognitive and mood changes

PTSD can make you feel hopeless and detached. It can also cause you to feel guilty and to lose interest in activities you cared about before. 

Reactivity

The final category of PTSD symptoms impacts the way that you react to things. People with PTSD are often easily startled and go through their day feeling tense. You might also feel irritable, experience angry outbursts, or have trouble sleeping because you feel too on edge. 

Fortunately, no matter how PTSD is impacting your life, Dr. Beltagui offers treatment to help you find relief. 

To learn more about treatment for PTSD, call Amr Beltagui, MD or request an appointment online today.