When you’re going through a traumatic experience, you may feel fear, helplessness and anger. If these emotions start disrupting your daily life after the experience is over, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We offer compassionate care for the range of emotions many people with this condition face. This can make it possible for you to put these events behind you.
Help for Trauma and PTSD at MultiCare Behavioral Health
We offer a range of services for people struggling with trauma and PTSD, including:
It’s normal to feel afraid when you’re in danger. These feelings trigger a series of split-second changes in your body that prepare you protect yourself.
When you have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, you may feel this way even when you’re not in any danger. People with PTSD protect themselves in ways that sometimes make it difficult for them to function in society.
PTSD develops after going through a terrifying incident that involves physical harm or the threat of physical harm (trauma). People with PTSD may experience harm directly, or they may have witnessed it happening to someone else.
People suffering from PTSD may also experience depression, chemical dependency or additional anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks.
Adult symptoms of PTSD fall in to three broad categories. These include:
Young children can have extreme reactions to trauma, as well. These symptoms can include:
Older children and teens usually show symptoms like those seen in adults. They may also:
Symptoms usually begin within a few months of the incident, but may occasionally emerge years afterward. Not every traumatized person develops PTSD.
We diagnose PTSD based on your signs and symptoms and a thorough psychological evaluation. You may also have a physical exam to check for medical problems.
We use practices that have been proven successful in relieving symptoms of trauma and PTSD (evidence-based practices). Common treatments for PTSD may include a combination of:
Note: The condition description on this page is intended to be informational only, and should not be considered a diagnosis or medical advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional if you believe you have any of the symptoms described here.
Our services are available in convenient locations throughout Pierce and South King counties.
Outpatient and Specialty Services
Call 888-445-8120 to make an appointment
Adolescent Behavioral Health
Call the referral intake number at 253-403-0362
Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Monday-Friday, 8am to 6pm
After hours and weekends
Geriatric Psychiatric Care
Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
After hours and weekends