Help for PTSD-Related Mood Swings

Help for PTSD-Related Mood Swings

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious psychological disorder with physiological roots. The biochemical nature of the brain changes when it is exposed to trauma. Much like a fuse blowing during an electrical overload, the brain shuts down emotionally as a sort of psychological safety mechanism. While this phenomenon may in fact protect a person from experiencing a complete nervous breakdown, those pent-up emotions must be expressed at some point if the individual is ever to function normally again.

The following are some of the most common causes of PTSD:

  • Battlefield violence
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion
  • The sudden loss of a loved one
  • Violent crime
  • Car crashes
  • The ongoing stress experienced by EMTs and other first responders
  • Surviving a natural disaster

The symptoms of PTSD are serious. They can even be life threatening. A partial list of PTSD symptoms includes the following:

  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Emotional numbness
  • Emotional volatility
  • Inclinations toward self harm
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Flashbacks
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Many individuals suffering from PTSD are not even aware of their condition. They may feel fine most of the time but experience these symptoms periodically. In some cases, the symptoms start shortly after the trauma was experienced, but in other cases, they may not show up for months or even years. Some sufferers experience wild mood swings that take them from the depths of despair to plateaus of manic emotional frenzy. It is extremely common for people experiencing PTSD symptoms to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.

Effectively Treating PTSD Symptoms

PTSD is a complicated condition to treat. Each individual patient is unique and will require a customized treatment plan to address his or her specific needs. Some of the most common and helpful treatment techniques for PTSD include the following:

  • Specialized counseling, such as dialectical behavior therapy
  • Support group meetings in which other PTSD suffers can help the individual
  • Removal from the triggers and temptations of daily life
  • Medically supervised detox from drugs or alcohol (if appropriate)
  • Education and cultivation of healthy coping and communication skills
  • Active emotional mindfulness and personal management skill development

While certain aspects of PTSD may affect some patients for life, most patients can develop effective mechanisms for coping with its after effects as they work through the recovery process. The highs and lows can be leveled out so that the individual can function properly emotionally. This help is available right now through our toll-free counseling and recovery helpline. Not all recovery programs are the same. Call us for answers, a caring ear and referrals to the best PTSD treatment centers in the world. We are available 24 hours a day and can even help with logistical or transportation concerns as well as confirm your insurance coverage.

Don’t endure another hopeless day as the symptoms of PTSD cause painful mood swings and depression. We’re ready to help any time of day or night. Call now.