Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment available online

In order to treat your post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to discuss a treatment plan help manage PTSD symptoms. Get a new prescription to treat PTSD or refill an existing prescription after a qualifying evaluation today.

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how you can save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of PTSD. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms, but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental disorder that develops in people who have experienced a traumatic event (trauma survivors), such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, or war.



PTSD causes

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops when the brain’s response to a stressful event is so strong that it stays with you for many years after the event. The traumatic experience itself doesn’t cause PTSD; instead, the reaction you have to the trauma makes you more likely to develop PTSD. Here are few causes of PTSD:

    • Severe emotional trauma

    • Severe physical trauma: A person experiences an event that causes severe or prolonged pain, blood loss, or other severe physical damage to your body.

    • Traumatic life events: When someone goes through intense or prolonged events such as natural disasters, a death in the family, sexual abuse/assault, or joblessness, PTSD often develops.

    • Insomnia: Tiredness and trouble sleeping can make it difficult to recover from the trauma. You may need to sleep more or use sleeping medications to make it easier to fall sleep and stay asleep.



PTSD symptoms

  • According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are four categories of PTSD symptoms:

    • Avoidance: Trying to avoid reminders of the traumatic events, such as people, places, activities and objects

    • Intrusion: Repeated, unwanted distressing memories, flashbacks, or dreams of the traumatic event

    • Changes in arousal and reactivity: Anxiety and anger, feeling jumpy or anxious, having trouble focusing on the present or sleeping, or behaving recklessly or in a self harm way

    • Changes in cognition and mood: Negative thoughts and feelings, memory lapses



    If you’re experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it’s important to learn the early warning signs of PTSD so that you can seek help before you experience a traumatic event.



How to treat PTSD

There are many PTSD treatment options, which can depend on a wide range of factors, such as the type of trauma you experienced, your age, how long you’ve experienced trauma and your severity of the symptoms you’re experiencing. Here are few ways of treating PTSD:

Therapy

While talking to a mental health professional may be helpful, you may also be able to reduce PTSD symptoms with online therapy or other mental health services. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is known to be effective. You can begin online trauma therapy to make starting the process of treating PTSD easier than dealing with the process of starting in-person therapy.

Self-help

Self-help can also help to reduce trauma-related symptoms. You can learn to recognize and cope with the symptoms of PTSD, including avoiding situations and activities that evoke the trauma. For instance, avoid triggering experiences and find ways to manage your reactions when you’re in stressful situations.

Medications

Medications can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD. A variety of medications are available such as antidepressants and the medications used to treat other conditions, such as high blood pressure medications.

Support groups

Support groups can be beneficial for some people. They can help reduce feelings of isolation and may provide support, comfort and useful information. People with PTSD should always be careful to choose a support group that is reputable, trustworthy, and is offered in an environment that is safe for you to be present.



PTSD medications

  • There are also certain medications used to treat PTSD that have the potential to cause serious problems. For this reason, these drugs need to be prescribed only after consultation with a mental health professional who can monitor the medication and make sure it is safe. In some cases, individuals may explore the option of obtaining an antidepressant prescription online as part of their supervised and comprehensive treatment plan, as that can help reduce or prevent symptoms.

    PTSD medications must be taken in the proper order, just like any other medication, and they need to be taken under the supervision of your doctor. Your doctor will check you to make sure you take your medication as prescribed, and you must see him or her every 6 to 8 weeks for therapy.

    Your doctor will test you to see if you are on a high-dose, low-dose, or appropriate dose of PTSD medications. A person who takes more potent PTSD medication than needed can experience side effects, which can lead to increased agitation or confusion.

How to avoid PTSD

Here are some helpful tips on avoiding PTSD. To avoid PTSD, people who have had traumatic experiences should seek help immediately if they develop symptoms of PTSD. It is important for people with PTSD to seek treatment and resources. They can seek out support from family and friends or whoever they are comfortable talking to.

PTSD treatment online may be used to help guide you through the diagnosis and determine the best trauma treatment plan. If you cannot afford a private psychological diagnosis, you may be referred to one of the many local or state mental health clinics or PTSD treatment centers to receive online trauma therapy.

When to see a doctor for a PTSD

If you are experiencing PTSD symptoms or think you may be suffering from PTSD, it’s essential to see a mental health professional as soon as possible. A doctor can rule out other conditions with similar symptoms and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Severe PTSD symptoms, such as severe anxiety and panic attacks, can be treated with medications, PTSD therapy or both.



Related conditions to PTSD

    • Acute stress disorder

    • Reactive attachment disorder

    • Adjustment disorder

    • Substance abuse

    • Anxiety disorders



PTSD treatment FAQs

  • What are the symptoms of PTSD?

    Here are a few PTSD symptoms:

    • Anxiety or panic attacks

    • Social isolation

    • Nightmares, flashbacks, distressing memories

    • Problems concentrating, such as difficulty reading, remembering or paying attention

    • Eating disorders

    • Heavy drinking or substance abuse

  • What does PTSD do to a person?

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause a person to experience the following in their daily life:

    • Feelings of guilt and shame about his or her past traumatic event

    • Difficulty thinking or concentrating

    • Increased irritability and anger

    • Mood swings or depression

    • Difficulty remembering things

    • Hyper-vigilant for threats

    • Reacting aggressively to others

    • Self harm

  • What is the best way to treat PTSD?

    Therapy can be a very helpful way to deal with PTSD. Psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy such as cognitive processing therapy (CPT) or exposure therapy, can be essential to helping you gain control of lasting fear after a traumatic event. You may also be prescribed medication to treat PTSD.

    Seeking help from mental health professionals, such as our licensed online therapists, is one of the best ways to treat PTSD.

  • Who can diagnose me with PTSD?

    The primary professional who can diagnose PTSD is a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. A clinical psychologist can diagnose PTSD based on the symptoms he or she observes. A psychiatrist can diagnose PTSD based on a psychological evaluation. A licensed psychologist can be your first contact if you suspect you or someone you know may have PTSD.

    Our team of licensed therapists and doctors can help manage and treat your PTSD from the comfort of your own home.

3 simple steps to get treated for PTSD today

Step 1

Book a PTSD treatment appointment.

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your PTSD symptoms.

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Step 3

Pick up a prescription for PTSD, if you qualify.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.



PTSD treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request PTSD treatment and get a new prescription or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

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$16.99/month

First month free

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30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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