Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Specialist

Irina Ashamalla, FNP-C; PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Mental Health Care

Mental Health Wellness Boutique

Irina Ashamalla, FNP-C; PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Care & Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Peoria, AZ

It’s not unusual to feel fearful and anxious after going through or witnessing a traumatic event. In most cases, this fear and anxiety subside. However, some people get worse, developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Irina Ashamalla, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, takes an integrated approach to treat PTSD by using a combination of psychotherapy and medication tailored to address your unique needs. To learn more about PTSD services at Mental Health Wellness Boutique, call the office in Peoria, Arizona, or schedule online today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Q&A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric disorder that affects some people after going through or witnessing a scary or traumatic event.

Though often associated with veterans of war, anyone can develop PTSD. However, it’s important to note that not everyone with PTSD goes through a traumatic event. You can develop this psychiatric disorder after the loss of a loved one.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Signs and symptoms of PTSD usually develop within three months of the traumatic experience. However, it’s possible to develop symptoms years later.

Though post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms vary in severity, they fall into four categories:

Avoidance symptoms

Avoiding people, places, or things that remind you of the trauma are avoidance symptoms. You may also do your best to avoid thinking about the trauma. 

Re-experiencing symptoms

Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares are re-experiencing symptoms in people with PTSD. 

Arousal and reactivity symptoms

People with PTSD may feel on edge or startle easily. They may also get angry quickly. Difficulty concentrating and sleeping are also arousal and reactivity symptoms. 

Cognitive and mood changes

Cognitive and mood changes in people with PTSD may include difficulty remembering the event or feeling guilt or shame about the event. 

For a PTSD diagnosis, you must have symptoms from all categories that last a month or longer. 

What happens during a post-traumatic stress disorder evaluation?

Mrs. Ashamalla conducts a comprehensive diagnostic exam when you visit Mental Health Wellness Boutique for help with PTSD. She takes an integrated approach to care, focusing on both your medical and psychological needs. 

During your visit, Mrs. Ashamalla asks detailed questions about your physical and emotional well-being, and asks about your trauma and how it affects you. Mrs. Ashamalla also reviews your medical and mental health history. 

The goal of this comprehensive evaluation is to understand your current mental health needs so Mrs. Ashamalla can develop the most effective post-traumatic stress disorder treatment plan. 

What are the treatment options for PTSD?

Mrs. Ashamalla customizes your PTSD treatment plan based on your diagnosis and emotional needs. She combines medications and therapy to help you heal.

Medications

Mrs. Ashamalla prescribes psychiatric medication to ease PTSD symptoms. She works closely with you to find the right medication, or a combination of medications, and dose that best fits your needs.  

Therapy

Mrs. Ashamalla customizes your therapy, which may include individual and family therapy. Psychological disorders like PTSD affect the whole family, and Mrs. Ashamalla finds her patients have better outcomes when the family and other supportive individuals are involved.

To explore how medications and therapy may help improve your PTSD, call the Mental Health Wellness Boutique office in Peoria, Arizona, or schedule online today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.