Effective PTSD Treatment to Help You Rediscover Your Joy

You’ve been through so much already. Don’t prolong your suffering by not seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Manuel Astruc, M.D. and Associates specialize in providing judgment-free, compassionate care to help you find hope amidst what may feel like chaos. PTSD symptoms can leave you experiencing extreme emotions as you replay the traumatic event you lived through in your mind.

With PTSD therapy, you can recover and move forward, finding hope and renewed joy in the path forward.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a complex condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or terrible event. It may be caused by life-threatening situations like combat, natural disasters, or sexual assault. It can also be triggered by events that aren’t dangerous but are emotionally traumatizing, such as a loved one dying unexpectedly.

Causes of PTSD

Feeling afraid during traumatic situations is normal, and your body’s natural protective “fight or flight” instinct kicks into high gear. Many people recover from the flood of emotions, hormones, and physical changes without assistance, but others experience lasting effects that are harder to shake. Researchers aren’t sure what causes PTSD, but they have identified certain risk factors, including:


Experiencing intense fear, horror, and helplessness during a traumatic event


Insufficient social support when recovering from a traumatic event


History of childhood trauma prior to a traumatic event


Dealing with additional stress after a traumatic event


History of substance use and/or mental illness before and after a traumatic event


Experiencing trauma that lasts for an extended period

Toddler son trying to comfort his military mom who is suffering from PTSD

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD can occur at any age and to anyone. With 20 years of experience treating patients, we understand the difficulties you may be experiencing. During a PTSD evaluation, we will go over your history and symptoms. PTSD symptoms include experiencing the following for one month or longer:

Re-Experiencing Symptoms

Nightmares and flashbacks, which can be accompanied by sweating and an increased heart rate, can disrupt everyday life. These symptoms may stem from your thoughts, or they can be triggered by specific situations or objects. 

Avoidance Symptoms

When you have PTSD, you may avoid things that remind you of the event. This includes staying away from places or people that remind you of the experience. It also includes avoiding talking about thoughts and feelings.

Arousal and Reactivity Symptoms

These symptoms, including feeling tense, startling easily, angry outbursts, and trouble sleeping, are typically ongoing. They don’t require a trigger and may make it challenging to perform everyday tasks.

Cognition and Mood Symptoms

Having negative thoughts about yourself or the world and feeling disproportionate amounts of guilt and blame can start during or after the event. You may also have difficulty remembering parts of what happened and begin losing interest in your normal activities. As a result, you might start feeling detached from your loved ones.

PTSD Therapy and Treatment

Going through a traumatic event is terrible enough without experiencing prolonged symptoms that can derail your life. Just as everyone reacts differently in the middle of a horrible event, everyone recovers in different ways, with some needing specific treatment.

We have more than 50,000 hours providing compassionate treatment to patients in Saratoga Springs, New York. We are ready to provide care and support to help you find the PTSD treatment options that will provide relief for your symptoms.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Let us help you discover the bright, beautiful future ahead of you.

content middle-aged man sitting comfortably at home who has conquered his PTSD with treatment

Stop Suffering, Call Dr. Manuel for Effective PTSD Treatment Today

We will help you find your way out of the darkness and start feeling more like yourself again. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation at (518) 241-5864.