Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can be set into motion following a traumatic experience, whether a person has lived through the traumatic event or witnessed a life-threatening situation. These traumatic events may include a natural disaster such as a hurricane, war, terrorist incident, physical abuse, sexual assault or a major accident.

PTSD, once referred to as battle fatigue syndrome or shell shock, can have a lasting effect on an individual. But it is treatable.

Across New Jersey, we offer some of the best behavioral health care in the state with a wide variety of treatments through RWJBarnabas Health's Behavioral Health services.

PTSD Symptoms

Following a traumatic experience, common symptoms of PTSD include feelings of:

  • Distress
  • Intense fear
  • Nervousness
  • Helplessness
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Guilt following a traumatic experience.

These are common reactions for individuals having experienced a traumatic event, but for an individual with post-traumatic stress disorder these feelings continue and even increase with intensity over time with the consequence of preventing a person from enjoying the normalcies of life. The severity and duration of this condition can also vary.

PTSD Treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder is treatable, and treatment is critical to an individual’s recovery. Treatment options may include one or more of the following:

  • Psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Medication therapy
  • Support groups

For information about how to access help or a referral to a specialist for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, contact the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Access Center at 1-800-300-0628.