PTSD Specialist


PTSD services offered in Surprise and Peoria, AZ

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often affects veterans, but the condition also develops in anyone who has experienced a threatening event. The mental health team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health specializes in treating PTSD with medications that ease your symptoms and add support for the emotional challenges that arise when you encounter a PTSD trigger. You can overcome PTSD and move forward without overwhelming anxiety. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Surprise and Peoria, Arizona, or use the online booking feature today.


What is PTSD?

PTSD begins after you experience or witness an event that threatens or causes physical harm. You can also develop PTSD if you hear about a traumatic event experienced by a friend or family member.

Traumas that often lead to PTSD include:

  • Combat duty
  • Gun violence
  • Robbery
  • Severe accident
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault
  • Death of a loved one
  • Natural or man-made disaster

Everyone feels fear, distress, and anxiety after a traumatic event. But if your feelings don't improve in a month, you may have PTSD.

What symptoms occur due to PTSD?

PTSD causes anxiety together with other symptoms, including:

  • Experiencing vivid flashbacks
  • Having nightmares
  • Feeling angry and irritable
  • Being easily startled
  • Becoming hypervigilant
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Developing insomnia
  • Blaming yourself for the trauma
  • Feeling guilt or shame
  • Isolating yourself
  • Avoiding people and places that remind you of the trauma

These symptoms interfere with your ability to function in your daily life. They may prevent you from going places or make you rearrange your days to avoid triggering your PTSD.

What are PTSD triggers?

When you experience a traumatic event, your brain takes all of the details associated with the event, like your feelings and the sounds, smells, and environment, and stores them in your subconscious. These details become triggers even though you may not consciously remember them.

As you go about your daily life and encounter a trigger, you suddenly experience a surge of emotions such as fear or anger. The trigger may also compel you to take actions that are out of character for you. For example, you may become aggressive.

How is PTSD treated?

Notre Dame Behavioral Health creates a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms and triggers. However, PTSD treatment typically includes medication, psychotherapy, or both. 

Your provider prescribes medications to control specific symptoms associated with PTSD. Antidepressants give you relief from symptoms like worry, sadness, and anger. You may also need medications that help with anxiety, nightmares, and sleep problems.

Many people find that therapy helps them learn to cope with many aspects of PTSD. Your therapist can help you recognize triggers and suggest ways to cope with symptoms such as anger.

Some therapies reduce your anxiety by confronting your anxiety and fears in a controlled and supportive environment. You may also use therapy to improve other aspects of your life affected by PTSD, whether you need help to start socializing or manage feelings of guilt and shame.

You can overcome PTSD with treatment at Notre Dame Behavioral Health. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Notre Dame Behavioral Health

Surprise Location: 14811 W Bell Road, Suite 100, Surprise, AZ 85374
Peoria Location: 10210 W Happy Valley Road, Suite 145, Peoria, AZ 85383