PTSD Specialist

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PTSD services offered in Towson, MD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 1 in 11 people. Though the symptoms can be crippling, it’s possible to return to work and other routine activities with proper mental health treatment.  Such treatment should be comprehensive and often include medical marijuana with other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, and CBN.  This can be very helpful to decrease many of the symptoms associated with PTSD such as insomnia, anxiety and night terrors.  If you suffer from PTSD call  Dr. Weng's office or visit Drweng.com to schedule an appointment online for medical marijuana certification.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by being involved in traumatic or terrifying events, like car accidents, explosions, house fires, domestic abuse, and military combat.

People experience traumatic events all the time. With counseling and self-care, they’re often able to cope and feel better. If you experience difficulty adjusting or notice the symptoms of PTSD affecting your ability to sleep, focus, or spend time with others, seek professional help.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Intrusive memories
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Negative thoughts about yourself or others
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Memory problems
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling emotionally numb

If you have PTSD, you might also experience physical symptoms like trouble concentrating, irritability, and being easily frightened.

When should I see a doctor about PTSD?

It’s essential to visit Dr. Weng if you’re involved in a traumatic event and afterward experience intense thoughts or feelings about the event for a month or longer. That’s especially true if your symptoms prevent you from going to work, participating in activities you enjoy, or spending time with family and friends.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

To diagnose PTSD, Dr. Weng and his team complete thorough physical and neurological exams. He then conducts a psychological evaluation and asks you about your symptoms, including how severe they are and when they started.

Dr. Weng and his team also compare your symptoms to the criteria in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The DSM-5 is the American Psychiatric Association’s go-to source on the names, symptoms, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. If your symptoms align with the DSM-5, you likely have PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

Treating PTSD depends on how severe your symptoms are and their effect on your daily life. Usually,  Along side your mental health provider, Dr. Weng will recommend  conservative treatments and healthy lifestyle changes, including:

  • Positive thinking skills
  • Teaching you skills to manage your symptoms
  • Treating associated problems like depression, anxiety, and alcoholism
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Managing your stress levels
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Prescribing cannabidiol (CBD,CBG,CBN)
  • Prescribing medical marijuana

You might also benefit from prescription medications like antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.

Ultimately, the goal is to help you feel better so that you can return to normal function.

Make an appointment with Dr. Weng by calling the office or booking online to learn more about available treatments for PTSD.