Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist

Holistic Psychiatry

Meredith Sagan, MD

Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 3.5% of adults in the United States, and women are twice as likely to have the disorder. At Holistic Psychiatry, Meredith Sagan, MD, has extensive experience helping her clients in and around Santa Monica, California, to free themselves from the grip of PTSD using psychosomatic techniques that help them move forward. If you’re suffering from PTSD, call the office or use the online scheduling tool for expert help.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder has garnered considerable attention among military circles, but the illness reaches far beyond the battlefield. PTSD can develop after any traumatic incident, such as:

  • A death
  • A car accident
  • A natural disaster
  • Witnessing violence
  • Violence or personal assault

This last point is one of the primary reasons why women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD, largely due to sexual assault. 

The hallmark of PTSD is being plagued by disturbing feelings, emotions, and reactions and difficulty relaxing the nervous system long after the precipitating event, often to a degree that interferes with day-to-day living.

What are the signs of PTSD?

With any mental disorder, no two people go through the exact same experiences, and the same can be said of PTSD. That said, there are some common characteristics across the board, including:

Intrusive thoughts

Anytime you relive your experience through flashbacks, dreams, and memories that come unbidden, those are considered intrusive thoughts. These intrusive thoughts feel impossible to control and may bring on the same emotions and responses as if the event were really recurring.

Reminder avoidance

If you steer clear of people, places, or things that remind you of the event, or you’re unable to open up about the experience, this avoidance may be larger than simply “bottling everything up.”

Negative thoughts and feelings

People with PTSD often have negative thoughts and feelings, which may be distorted, toward others or even themselves. These thoughts range from shame to anger and often lead to an increasing detachment from the world around them.

Reactivity and arousal

Physical, emotional, and mental reactivity are all heightened after experiencing a traumatic event. If you find yourself reacting with disproportionate anger to certain situations or you’re jumpy and unable to relax, even in a safe and neutral environment, this may be a sign of PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

At Holistic Psychiatry, Dr. Sagan’s primary objective is to help you move forward, which is especially important if you’re dealing with an event that’s keeping you firmly rooted in the past.

Using movement-based psychosomatic therapy, Dr. Sagan not only helps you process the traumatic event mentally, emotionally, and physically, but she also gives you the tools to manage triggers throughout the day as they arise, and teaches you techniques to move on from trauma to build a life you love. This forward-looking therapy is incredibly valuable for those with PTSD who are stuck in their lives by a defining, traumatic event. 

By releasing you from the hold that the traumatic experience is having on you, and teaching you to trust your true self and intuition again, Dr. Sagan releases you from the prison of the past to allow you to enjoy a full life moving forward.

To learn more about PTSD, call Holistic Psychiatry or use the online scheduling tool to set up a confidential appointment.