When traumatic events and times of extreme pressure occur in our lives, their impact isn’t only felt in the moment. These events can actually reshape us in certain ways, altering the way our brains react to certain stimuli. Some people develop an extreme response to certain triggers as a result of these events, and when this happens, these responses can fall into a category known as “stress-related disorders.”
If you’re struggling with a stress disorder as a result of a traumatic situation or event, know that life doesn’t have to be this way forever. At Foundation Psychiatry, we’re proud to provide comprehensive stress disorder treatment for patients throughout the Atlanta area. Our well-rounded approach utilizes both medication and psychotherapy for stress disorders, and our board-certified psychiatry team is available to take appointments now.
If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of a stress-related disorder, it’s important to know that treatment is available. If you’re ready to address your symptoms and receive care from the best psychiatrist Atlanta has to offer, contact Foundation Psychiatry to schedule your appointment today.
The term “stress-related disorder” refers to a group of disorders that stem from a trauma response, each with its own unique symptoms and potential causes. There are five typical types of stress-related disorder we see at Foundation Psychiatry, including:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): In a case of RAD, a person may have difficulty expressing attachment to other people, whether physically or emotionally. This disorder can appear in children as a result of neglect, and may prevent them from forming close relationships with others as adults.
Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder: A person who has disinhibited social engagement disorder may engage in overly familiar ways with others, as their social skills have not developed to meet what is considered acceptable by most people.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a term for mental disturbance caused by a past event, often marked by reliving and compulsively remembering a traumatic moment or time in their life.
Acute Stress Disorder: Acute stress disorder has similar symptoms to PTSD and is a response to a stressful event, but is not as long-term.
Adjustment Disorder: A person with adjustment disorder may have extreme difficulty with transitional events in life, changes in the environment, or ther lifestyle changes. This usually subsides as a person becomes accustomed to these changes.
Stress-related disorders are the result of a traumatic incident, whether it’s a single event in your life or a situation you were in that wore on your mind over time. These traumatic times in our lives are not easy to undo: it takes investigation, understanding, compassion, and work to confront our thought processes and change them for the better.
Patients who undergo psychotherapy have more success in developing strategies to cope with their stress-related disorder. While medications can help provide the proper balance of chemicals that affect the mind and body, psychotherapy helps a patient truly investigate the source of their fears in order to understand them and overcome them. Developing self-awareness allows patients to discover healthier coping methods so they can create an organic and long lasting sense of fulfillment, happiness and healing.
People of any age can be affected by a stress-related disorder. In fact, children who are untreated or unsupported during times of trauma can have persistent stress-related disorders that affect them as adults. It is never too late to address your trauma and receive the care you need.
While medication is not the answer to the underlying cause of a stress-related mental health disorder, it can help alleviate some of its symptoms. Many people who live with stress-related disorders also struggle with comorbid mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, which can be treated with the use of medication. Medicating these conditions may even improve the outcome of one’s therapy.
While the cost and copay of you or your loved one’s medication will depend on your prescription and your insurance provider, most providers do cover generic versions of common antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. If you have concerns about your coverage, reach out to our team, and we’ll discuss your options with you.
At Foundation Psychiatry, accessible mental health care is an important part of our mission. That’s why we make it simple to schedule an appointment with us. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out to finalize your appointment as quickly as possible.