UAMS Clinic Focuses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013 10:57 am  

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Psychiatric Research Institute announced Tuesday that it now offers a treatment program to reduce the mental and physical symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

"There is no one specific method for treating PTSD," Dr. Erick Messias, medical director of the Psychiatric Research Institute’s Walker Family Clinic, who oversees the trauma service, said in a news release. "We have to look at the patient's background, their relationships at work and at home. We take everything into consideration before determining the best method of treating a patient's PTSD, whether it is in a group setting or individual counseling."

The clinic will use a two-stage process to target the PTSD symptoms. Patients first will have a mental health assessment, the news release said. Then a treatment plan will be created.

Experts say women are more likely to experience sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse while men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disasters or to witness a death or injury, the news release said.

"In many cases, the symptoms may not come to light for several months or even a year after the traumatic event," Messias said. "For that reason, we have to carefully examine all aspects of the patients’ life before deciding on the best manner of dealing with their problem."



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